I asked about this at my local nursery - what could I do to remove the ants from my peony buds? The gentleman recommended regular ant killer sprinkled around the base. Then I mentioned the problem at my bunco group. My neighbor nearly jumped out her chair and said "NO - it's ok! They are eating the sweet wax on the flower!"
Well, she's right! Apparently ants enjoy eating the sweet waxy coating over the buds.
So I have relented and allowed the ants to enjoy their buffet...and look forward to the beautiful blooms :)
I didn't know they were eating the wax, but I know that our peonies ALWAYS had ants everywhere -- just on the peonies, not on anything else nearby -- it just seemed to be how it was supposed to be... I agree -- leave them be!
If the ants don't eat the wax off, the Peonies can't bloom.
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