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Ants on peony flower buds?

LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 917

Just noticed all my peony buds are swarming with ants. No sign of any damage, so Ive left them alone (for now!).

Is this a common occurrence?


  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013

    Sometimes Ants =  an Aphid attack ! Have you looked for greenfly,blackfly etc.?

    Pam x

  • Cally180Cally180 Posts: 4

    Beware, I have suffered with ants eating the buds on my peony for the last two years: You will notice little round nibbled areas on the new buds. I have resorted to quishing the ants every time I pass by my peony. Don't leave them alone - your flowers will be destroyed.

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 917

    Thanks, Ill give the plant a good inspection tomorrow. Looks like I need to act fast.

    Shame the ants havent found the Giant Scabious I have in the greenhouse, its leaves are covered in aphids.

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    This three might be of interest: Sorry you will have to copy and paste rather than click on link directly.
  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Should be thread not three!
  • Cally180Cally180 Posts: 4

    thank you figrat for the thread. I have read the comments about the ants helping the poeny bloom. Thinking back over the years, I don't recall the peony blossom being damaged by the ants, I just assumed I had been successful in stopping them damage the plant by their nibbling. I feel a bit guilty now.  LeadFarmer maybe we should leave the ants to do their work and enjoy the blossoms when they arrive. 

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