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Rob's Fuddy Duddy

Highly recommended for show or for novice.  Very profuse, very easy.  Loads of deep orchid sdbl. pansies above perfect, dark foliage.  Heavy and constant bloomer. Small semiminiature.  AVSA #7886


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Rob's Fuddy Duddy

Average Rating 4.8 out of 5

Rob's Fuddy Duddy

Received this Beautiful violet in great shape with two blooms and more coming always great shipping from the Violet Barn!!

Steven Barlow Oct 06 2023, 13:51 PM


This is a must-have violet! It’s always in bloom.

Anonymous Oct 18 2022, 19:54 PM

Great bloomer!

This is a great bloomer that has stayed small (miniature size) for me. Despite the frequent suckers it is a delight and several members of my local AV club have asked for leaves. Happy the share this guy and hopefully see some at our area shows soon!

Janis Theophanes Aug 05 2022, 11:58 AM

Prolific bloomer indeed!

As always, received plants well packed. This one had several buds that popped open within the week, and more stalks on the way. I know I should debud so I can repot, but it is just so beautiful, not sure if I can!

Benjamin Miller Jul 26 2022, 10:49 AM

Favorite Mini!

This quickly won my heart and became my favorite Mini. The darker eye is stunning and so beautiful! Excellent bloomer!

Liesl Petrucka Jun 06 2022, 05:13 AM

Rob's Fuddy Duddy

This is an excellent plant for showing in a AVSA show, while its blossom is not fancy, you can always count on an abundance of blossoms for show. The foliage never disappoints. Always symmetrical show quality. I also use this plant in my dish gardens and terriums, the blooms last & last. All around excellent plant. Suzanne Roberts

Suzanne Roberts May 26 2022, 14:02 PM

Rob's Fuddy Duddy (wish I could find Rob's Fiddle Faddle to go with it.)

This can become a dependable show plant once it settles down. Great shape and bloom count.

Aneita Richardson Apr 23 2022, 17:41 PM

Small but striking.

I just love this little plant. Lots of beautiful blooms that really look amazing up against the dark leaves. Came super healthy and is happily blooming away here.

Ashley Speranzella Oct 14 2021, 16:28 PM

Love this violet!

This is one of my favorite minis! Beautiful little plant!

Anonymous Jun 05 2021, 18:19 PM

Little Beauty!

Rob's Fuddy Duddy has such pretty flowers and foliage. It's just the right size to dress up my window.

Alice Hypolite Mar 13 2021, 02:50 AM

Great plant

This one is adorable! Nothing fancy, but it is an easy grower and constant bloomer. Love it!

Emily Phenix Feb 20 2021, 17:51 PM

Wonderful little plant!

Arrived in wonderful condition and within 2 weeks a bloom stalk started. This little cutie has tons of buds and I can't wait for her to let loose. Super happy with my plants!

Elizabeth Treese Oct 20 2020, 16:08 PM

Simply Gorgeous!

These plants arrived is perfect condition. Extremely well packed. Not a piece of dirt was moved or shifted. They arrived on Sept. 17th and now a month later they are double in size and very lush color. One is starting to bloom! This is the only place I will ever buy African Violets from again. I won't even consider shopping anywhere else. They are the BEST!

Jennifer Yankasky Oct 20 2020, 09:07 AM

Sweet little plant

Just received this pretty little thing. Waiting for bloom.

Linda A Gorman Oct 18 2020, 12:40 PM

Awesome show plant!

Rob's Fuddy Duddy practically grows itself. It's a very heavy bloomer and makes a terrific show plant. I highly recommend it.

Wayne Geeslin Sep 18 2020, 13:07 PM

Adorable, dark foliage

I bought this violet from VB last year and it arrived in perfect condition. I accidentally killed it, so I'm giving it another try. I've missed it and I can't wait to do better this time!

Jana Hill Aug 19 2020, 04:04 AM

working on it

This one started off really strong for me --- perfect little shape, lots of little buds. The color of mine was slightly paler than the color in the picture. There were two downsides to me. After the first couple of months, it stopped putting out buds and slowed down in growth. This could be because of the change in seasons and environment, so we'll see as spring rolls around again. The shape of it is still pleasant even without the flowers. The second thing is that this little guy puts out a lot of suckers, and you really have to stay on top of it. So far I like it but I'd like to see if it gets better as the season warms up again.

Angela Chung Apr 02 2020, 17:19 PM

Such a Cutie! !

Just received this darling little violet. Arrived in perfect condition, perfectly shaped and nice tight leaves. Can't wait to see it bloom!

Holly Moses Nov 12 2019, 00:10 AM

A perfect little beauty

'Rob's Fuddy Duddy' has to be one of the best minis out there. Glossy near-black foliage that pretty much shapes itself, a cute tiny habit, and absolutely constant, profuse blooming. It's not frilly or variegated but its tidy shape and heavy flowering make it very reliably beautiful. I do find it to be one of the more sucker-prone varieties in my collection of minis, but a little extra sucker vigilance is a small price to pay for such an effortlessly lovely plant.

Nicolette Nagamatsu Oct 11 2019, 21:03 PM

Beautiful blooms

When I received my violet it was in bloom. The purple is beautiful against the dark green foliage. Doing great!

Anonymous Oct 11 2019, 11:35 AM

Gorgeous Little Beauty

Rob’s Fuddy Duddy is definitely not a dud. This blooming wonder never stops once it gets started! The leaves are dark, pointed and perfectly shaped. The flowers are held above in a sweet bouquet that lasts for a long time. I stop to admire it every time I pass by my lighted rack. You won’t be disappointed with this one.

Tracy Stobbe Oct 09 2019, 11:42 AM

Perfect Little Plant

This little violet came to me already blooming. Beautiful, sparkling flowers and gorgeous dark foliage. I've had it for a few months now, and it's ready to bloom again!

Bethany Allen Aug 24 2019, 11:40 AM


Love the dark foliage and mound of blooms!

Christl Shirey Aug 17 2019, 11:26 AM

Perfect Foliage

This would be an easy show plant for a beginner. The foliage sits perfectly without any effort and blooms constantly.

Lyn Jones Jul 13 2019, 21:45 PM

Cute little violet

I received this plant last week. It arrived in great shape despite the boiling hot summer weather. It hasn't bloomed yet but it's a perfect little tiny rosette and recovering from its journey nicely. I'm excited to watch it grow!

Jana Hill Jul 03 2019, 23:15 PM


Beautiful baby!! Blooming like crazy

Anonymous Jun 04 2019, 18:23 PM

Gorgeous plant

My aunt has half a dozen of these little guys and loves them! I asked her where she got them, and she directed me to Violet Barn. This variety is SO pretty -- I love the deeper colors and the glittery look of the petals, very different from your standard pink African violet.

Jennifer Mason May 23 2019, 11:32 AM

good for beginners

This tough little plant has somehow survived being knocked over onto the floor twice. No blooms yet, but it's putting out new leaves despite its caretaker being a novice with minis! I would recommend this one to anyone looking to branch into minis.

Tara Mackey Apr 19 2019, 16:49 PM

Trying Fuddy Duddy again

I have ordered many plants from V.B. They all come so healthy and well packed, but I try to hard apparently and end up killing them with love! You have to give this stubborn old lady 5 stars for trying, because I keep reordering! I’m reordering Fuddy Duddy again because it’s such a cutie! Wish me luck, I surely need it!

Sandra Willis Sep 23 2018, 21:41 PM

Superior Plant

Love this plant! One of the best in my collection!

MaryLea Stephens Sep 23 2018, 14:37 PM

Repeat purchase

I'm buying a few more of these. I find them very pleasing with the vibrancy of the dark green leaves and the dark purple with a sort of sparkle to it. This also seems to be the strongest variety that I've tried. If you have them by a window do try to rotate them a little bit every morning or so to keep them from 'leaning' too much in one direction - as you would for any other plant.

Ben Tudor Sep 18 2018, 21:05 PM

velvet barn takes such care

velvet barn takes such care in every phase to priduce such consistently remarkable plants ! This tiny bit of perfection has lovely symetry .. I cannot wait to see how it matures. Thank you Dr Rob and Ma for sharing your love of violets with us. gulfcoastgal

Anonymous Aug 25 2018, 18:03 PM

Rob's Fuddy Duddy is Gorgeous!

I received Rob's Fuddy Duddy last 2/22/18. I transferred it into a 2" Dandy Pot a few months later and it is now covered in beautiful, dark lavender flowers! I love it! Thank you, Rob! Jan Penny

Janice Penny Jul 14 2018, 19:39 PM

Rob's Fuddy Duddy is Gorgeous!

I received my Rob's Fuddy Duddy on 2/22/18. I put it in a 2" Dandy Pot 4/1/18 and it is now COVERED with beautiful, dark lavender flowers. They have a much darker lavender eye. The leaves lay so nicely and are a dark green. Rob's Fuddy Duddy is a semi-miniature.

Janice Penny Jul 11 2018, 14:53 PM


This was part of my second order. It arrived carefully packaged and in great condition. I can't wait till it starts to bloom! Thank you!

Amy Bopp Jul 08 2018, 16:57 PM


So sweet. The most perfect little plant I have ever seen.

Anonymous Apr 14 2018, 19:56 PM

Oh my goodness!

I have now ordered over 30 of the mini's..this is one of my favorites, but they're all so beautiful. It's really hard to find the words to express how exquisite they are. Every one of them have arrived perfectly packaged and most already blooming. I am simply thrilled with the Violet Barn and these gorgeous, darling little beauties. Thank you so much!

Cynthia Collett May 12 2017, 17:35 PM

Best In Show Winner

If you growing for show this is as close to a perfect semi-miniature that you'll ever grow. It's a must have, I absolutely love this cultivar.

Stephen Covolo May 02 2017, 23:29 PM

Little Bouquet

Ive had this for a long time...terrific little plant. Once it matured it blooms constantly..It's a very hardy plant..

Elena Colandrea Mar 25 2017, 21:13 PM

The Best of the Best

The best in semi mini show plants. Rob continues to produce plants that are easy to grow for pleasure or show. Looking forward to showing mine at the next AVCF show. Rob's Fuddy Duddy does not disappoint.

Kurt J Mar 17 2017, 04:02 AM

Love this!

I'm so happy to be growing Fuddy Duddy. I think if I were a show grower, this one would be a contender. Beautiful blooms above very dark foliage, and fairly easy symmetry. Lovely shade of a mauve-y purple.

Jennifer Less May 27 2016, 09:45 AM

Arrived Blooming

Arrived blooming and hasn't stopped. Beautiful plant with an excellent shape. Very forgiving plant, easy to grow.

Julie Thomas Jan 29 2016, 10:50 AM

Adorable plant

I order this plant in late August, it came with no blooms. In late September I started using fertilizer with every watering and I trimmed excess leaves from the bottom so I was left with three rows of leaves. It is now mid November and this little plant is blooming like crazy. It looks just like the picture. I should also add I grow my mini violets under a standard plant light I bought on Amazon.

Sherry Farrell Nov 23 2015, 20:04 PM

Takes Abuse!

I ordered this plant a year ago, along with four others. They all bloomed beautifully (except for June Bug). Then I let them get powdery mildew. Fuddy Duddy was the first to recover, and is now budding up again, despite going dry countless times, and no (or very little) fertilizer. Well, it's survived me, so it must be a pretty good plant!

Laura Coffey Nov 10 2015, 01:32 AM

Great little plants

I bought 2 of these for someone else now I want one they are so cute.

Paul Heberling Sep 04 2015, 11:25 AM

Lots of flowers

This plant is really easy to maintain and produces lots of blooms. We use an African violet food for each watering. It is blooming just like the one in the picture, and there are more flower stalks coming up. Its a very satisfying experience keeping this plant!

Yang Wang Jul 30 2015, 10:08 AM

Thank You from a

A great addition to the collection on my kitchen windowsill. I have ordered violets from a few different online stores in the past, but now I only return to the Violet Barn for new plants. They arrive in pretty little white pots that look nice, so you don't itch to re-pot them immediately. Small violets can be very easy to over-water (and kill) but the plants I have received from The Violet Barn are healthy and strong. The soil medium they use is the most user-friendly I have found -- easy to tell when the plants need a drink, but also easy to tell when they have had enough. THANK YOU from a novice !! I'm getting better !!

Anonymous Jul 26 2015, 07:35 AM

So cute and full of blooms!

I love this little mini! When I received it, I was surprised to see that it was full of blooms and so pretty! It still has a few buds on it yet to bloom so I'll be watching it bud out for a while. Very happy with my little minis that I've received so far and I've fallen in love with them! The thing about minis is that you can have so many more than the regular size as they don't take up as much room. The more the merrier, I say!

Debra Santilli Jul 10 2015, 21:25 PM

Giving it a try

Still new to AV, I love minis and semis. I have quite a few now, bought this one because it was recommended for novice. All my plants look holy :) so I must be doing something right. Love Robs!

Lizette Valadez Jun 27 2015, 04:22 AM


This one grows and blooms so well! It's a great one for showing too.

Merna Addison Jun 13 2015, 01:04 AM

good shape

this tiny plant has a good shape but Im fighting lots of suckers that isnt helping to keep it looking good..havent seen it bloom yet..

Marigene Cole May 05 2015, 13:03 PM

Beautiful plant

I received my Rob's Fuddy Duddy last week and was amazed at such a tiny plant that was so healthy and perfect. The leaves were very dark and it had a bloom so I don't have to wait to see the beautiful color. Thanks Violet Barn!

Theresa Smith Apr 27 2015, 16:04 PM

Nice EXCEPT holy powdery mildew!

Great bloom color and grows into a perfect rosette with no help at all. But, this one arrived with powdery mildew and every time I thought it was gone it came back. I finally lost the battle and the plant. Too bad, it was a cutie. This was the only issue I've ever had with a plant from Rob's. In fact, I'm back for more!

Anonymous Mar 17 2015, 19:18 PM

Very nice

Beautiful little plant very nice bloom color

Thomas Heister Dec 28 2014, 23:50 PM

Robs Fuddy Duddy

This is a very special plant that always wins awards at shows. It is near perfect.

Suzanne Altenburg Nov 23 2014, 17:17 PM

terrific color

For me this little plant is a dark beautiful purple with no hint of mauve at all. The foliage grows into a perfect rosette all by itself. PROLIFIC BLOOMER TOO!

Anonymous Nov 16 2014, 02:02 AM


Got this plan as freebie. It blooms after 2 weeks. Love it. All shipments are perfect. I am ready to order 30 mores. And I know I will be very satisfied.

Hope Nguyen Nov 13 2014, 23:31 PM

Great little plant!

Easy, symmetrical grower- blooms are beautiful. I would recommend this plant to anyone, especially someone new to African violets.

Anonymous Oct 23 2014, 11:56 AM


Plant came well packed and in a timely manner. This plant even had some buds coming! Will keep getting my plants from Violet Barn!!

Becky Saar Sep 13 2014, 19:10 PM


Second time around for this guy, loved it to death, but it is beautiful!

Sam Cunningham May 17 2014, 12:18 PM

Mother's Day Gift

My 91-year old mother is an avid outdoor flower gardener during the spring and summer. We live in Pennsylvania so, to satisfy her gardening needs, she resorts to indoor gardening during the off-season. African violets are her favorite indoors. She lost quite a few this past winter when our furnace died, so I decided to surprise her with a new assortment for Mother's Day. I was thrilled when I found The Violet Barn on-line, and when I spotted Rob's Fuddy Duddy, I knew I HAD to include it. Its subtle bluish purple flowers are very reminiscent of her beloved wild native violets. I also bought six other violets, potting soil, the pots, and the book about African violets . . . and she was thrilled with the gift! Everything arrived in perfect condition and just in time for Mother's Day, as I had planned. I was amazed at how well the plants were packaged and shipped. Each one arrived in perfect shape, though none yet had blooms. She potted them the day after they arrived and all are doing very well a week later. We can hardly wait to see them in bloom!

LESLIE H CHAPPEL May 15 2014, 20:31 PM

The perfect miniature!

I've had Rob's Fuddy Duddy for more than 10 years and it's still my favorite miniature! It blooms constantly and has beautiful symmetry. This is one violet I would never part with! It's so hardy, even when neglected it always comes back and performs beautifully!!! I just love, love, love this beautiful little plant!!! Lori Blotz

Lori Blotz May 10 2014, 09:52 AM

Fabulous bloom !

I bought three of these two for gifts. They were very nice plants one already had a bloom. within two months the others were blooming and my mothers is a bouquet of blooms Love the color.

Thelma Ledger Apr 06 2014, 09:43 AM

Gorgeous Little Plant

I've had this plant for about 6 months, and it's nothing but a happy little fellow. It shapes easily and blooms profusely for a long time. I'm no expert grower and it stays happy in spite of the fact—so, I highly recommend it for novice growers.

Eddie Davis Mar 22 2014, 13:07 PM

Fuddy Duddy

This plant has a very symmetrical form and is covered in small flowers most of the time. It is a beautiful plant and flowers easily.

Anonymous Feb 22 2014, 18:17 PM

Gifts from my cousin.

I received 8 violets as a gift from my cousin and they are all growing very well except the fuddy duddy, it came with a few flowers on in and was doing very well all of a sudden it shriveled up and died. All the rest are flourishing and the frozen in time is blooming well. Beautiful specimens. I will be making my own order soon but I want to add a few begonias.

Stephanie Middleton Jan 11 2014, 08:03 AM

Fuddy Duddy

Got this little plant so adorable. Had already flowers on it so cute. My flowers are more purple color

Nadia Borshch Dec 22 2013, 00:25 AM

Robs Fuddy Duddy

"Robs Fuddy Duddy" Beautiful bloomer.....you literally cannot see it's leaves because of the extremely lovely and prolific blooms...and, after all, THE BLOOMS are the real reason we grow violets, Am I right?!

David McGee Dec 13 2013, 14:53 PM

Had this several years

I just can't kill it thank goodness! It has divided and I have been able to give them away. And it just blooms and blooms and blooms. Love the sparkles on the flowers!

Mary Kate Horbac Oct 22 2013, 21:35 PM

Excellent plant

Have grown this plant for several years. It is an excellent grower and bloomer.

Anonymous Oct 16 2013, 14:38 PM

Very cute

Beautiful mini plant. Very pretty symmetrical foliage and very nice color of the flowers. I'm glad I have it in my collection.

MarMan Oct 06 2013, 00:34 AM

Fuddy Duddy

I really like the shape of the blooms. The purple color is dark and more on the reddish side - not red but with warm hues.

Danielle Drought Sep 17 2013, 13:44 PM

Symmetrical Sweetie. Pam Boyer

Love the shape, and blooms. She arrived with one bloom and now has three more and several buds. My only caveat is that it's much lighter than deep orchid.

Pam Boyer Aug 31 2013, 15:14 PM

robs fuddy duddy

Bought this one several weeks ago. Seems to grow very symmetrical. Have not seen blooms yet but I can see bud stalks forming. I have already pulled off two suckers and mine also seems to have the mildew problem. none of my other 5 plants from this order are affected nor are any of my other plants.

kristie moore Aug 26 2013, 16:34 PM

Nice except

I really do love this plant though I have to give it three stars. Out of all my plants this one gets powdery mildew like no ones business. I can keep it in check, just a bit of a hassle.

Jeremy Jul 26 2013, 22:20 PM

Gorgeous Mini

This miniature african violet constantly bloomed with glittery purple flowers and had the cutest dark green leaves. This variety was definitely a favorite of mine.

S. Baker Jul 02 2013, 14:06 PM

Super cute violet!

This violet is putting out quite a few flowers only weeks since I got it and seems really healthy! It also has really cute petite leaves. I can't wait to see what it looks like in a few months.

Anonymous Apr 23 2013, 01:55 AM

Don't let the name fool you!

This little cutie is no fuddy duddy. Lots of bright blooms and cute tiny leaves. The perfect shade of purple.

Toby Smith Nov 04 2012, 01:15 AM

A Winner!

Violets have to be tough to live at my house. We heat with wood, and temperatures can get down to 55 degrees in the winter. This hardy plant stands it all and grows and blooms like a champion.

Jennie L Aug 08 2012, 16:46 PM

Awesome Plant!

Only have had this plant for a couple of weeks now and already has 10+ blooms on it! Pretty insane for something as tiny as it is! I love the dark purple flowers and deep green leaves! Thank you for such a pretty plant!

Sarah Awbrey Nov 03 2011, 01:05 AM

Amazing Plant!

This was one of the first violets that I started from a leaf. The foliage is perfect and the blooms - amazing! I'm looking forward to many more spectacular blooms on this plant!

Tim Ferguson Aug 24 2011, 11:01 AM

Fuddy Duddy

This has the most adorable leaves! Small super cute variety that arrived in wonderful condition, and is now about to bloom! The leaves are really tiny and fresh looking I just love it! Great packing job Rob and Ma!

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