When can I buy ice begonias?

When can I buy ice begonias?

The right time to buy

Ice begonias are not hardy. If you buy very early in the year, you have to keep the plants frost-free until you can plant them in the garden. Of course, this is only possible if you have enough space. Otherwise, you should only buy ice begonias from mid to late May.

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Longer periods in the house or greenhouse not only require sufficient space, it can also be stressful for the plants. The ice begonia is one of the undemanding plants and is very easy to care for, but it should be slowly accustomed to being kept indoors and outdoors. Therefore, it should not be suddenly put in the garden even after wintering.

When is the best time to plant ice begonias?

The ideal planting time for ice begonias is around late May to early June. Then the ice saints are over and there are usually no more night frosts. These could quickly become doomed for the very frost-sensitive ice begonias. Ideally, the night temperatures also remain well above freezing point. However, you can plant your ice begonias throughout the summer.

If you would like to cultivate your ice begonias on the balcony, you can buy them as early as the beginning of May and put them outside on sufficiently warm days. That adds some color to the balcony. The ice begonias should better spend the nights in the apartment.

The essentials in brief:

  • very sensitive to frost
  • ideal time to buy: directly before planting out
  • ideal planting time: after the ice saints until mid-June
  • Plant out all summer long
  • slowly get used to the indoor and outdoor posture


It is best to buy ice begonias shortly before planting. Since they are very sensitive to frost, this is only possible after the ice saints in May.