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Also known by the botanical name Impatiens New Guinea, the Edellieschen quickly steals the show from other plants with its colorful flowers, compact habit and beautiful foliage. But in winter it draws the short straw…

Edellieschen are extremely sensitive to cold and cannot stay outside in winter

Originating in East Africa - frost is a foreign word

It is tropical and warm in his homeland. The Edellieschen, which belongs to the genus of jumping herbs, originally comes from East Africa. There it grows preferably in damp locations, between rocks and in mountain forests. In its homeland it is cultivated for several years. In this country, the Edellieschen is considered annual if it is planted outdoors. The reason: It does not tolerate frost.

Even temperatures below 10 °C can become critical

But not only frost harms the Edellieschen. Even temperatures below 10 °C, as they often prevail in spring and early autumn, for example, can teach fear to this squeamish plant. If it is permanently cooler than 10 °C, the Edellieschen should - if possible - be put inside. This is usually the case from the middle/end of October.

Put in in September or say goodbye to the plant

The choice is yours: If you want to keep your Edellieschen for several years, it is best to put it in in September. If not, you can say goodbye to this growth and compost it in October.

If you want, you can plant or sow the plant again next year. You can harvest your own seeds in August, dry them and grow them at home in spring from March.

Wintering at home - how does that work?

Wintering at home is easy. The Edellieschen should be overwintered at a temperature between 15 and 20 °C. The location in winter should be bright. But direct sunlight should not reach there.

Care during the winter time

For you, winter time does not mean a closed season. Even in winter, the Edellieschen needs some care:

  • regularly check for pests (e.g. spider mites)
  • check regularly for sources of disease such as fungi
  • fertilize every 4 weeks (use liquid fertilizer)
  • water little but sufficient
  • remove old leaves and flowers


After hibernating, the Edellieschen can be repotted in spring and planted out from May, when no more frost is to be expected.

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