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ants on my sedums

Can I ignore these? or are they damaging the plant

I grew this from a cutting for the bees so I do not want to lose it to bloody ants!
thanks for any info
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,519
    The ants won't do any harm but those aphids will ;)
  • graigrai Posts: 42
    edited July 2019
    the green is the buds of the sedum not aphids
    but the ants appear to be laying eggs on the stalks
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,182
    grai said:
    the green is the buds of the sedum not aphids
    but the ants appear to be laying eggs on the stalks
    As far as I know ants don't lay eggs on plants but in their underground nests.
    If you look carefully I think you can just see some blackfly which are what the ants are after!
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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 9,881
    The ants are not laying eggs, but carrying and placing baby aphids in the areas with freshest growth.  Commonly known as 'ants farming aphids':

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • graigrai Posts: 42
    shall i brush them off or just leave them?
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,519
    Is the plant in a pot or in the ground? If you can convince the ants to go elsewhere then hopefully something will be able to come along and eat the aphids.
  • graigrai Posts: 42
    It's in a pot
    There aren't any aphids except for the ones the ants seem to have brought
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,358
    They farm aphids for their honeydew secretions, grai. The plant will be fine, but you could give it a scoosh from the hose which will help move them on, as they dislike wet conditions. That'll get rid of the aphids too. 
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  • graigrai Posts: 42
    I'm going to start washing them off
    My sedums are for the bees and were really hard to propagate from cuttings so I'm super paranoid!
    Thanks everyone xx
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,519
    If they're in pots then I'd wait until the ants have gone to bed and then wash the aphids off and move them somewhere else to stop the ants putting their aphids back. There's more to a wildlife friendly garden than just flowers for bees though. Aphids and ants are just as important in the grand scheme of things so don't dismiss them as pests so easily.

    What kind of sedum are they by the way? They're normally very easy to grow from cuttings.
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