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Flowers covered with ants

Posted by swilhovsky z10 CA (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 29, 04 at 23:15

Hi, I'm new to camellias. I have 2 that are blooming right now (Camellia sasanqua) and I noticed that the middle part of the flowers (where the pollen is) are covered with ants. I didn't notice any aphids or scales.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? Are ants specifically attracted to certain parts of camellia flowers?

Thanks,
Sharon


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RE: Flowers covered with ants

Don't worry about it. Some seem to be more attractive to ants than others. I have one that I never cut to bring into the house for that reason. The ants love it. None of the rest of the bushes attract them. I think it must be a pollen secretion or something. It doesnt' seem to be harmed by them at all.


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RE: Flowers covered with ants

Ants are not only taking advantage of the nectar source, but are eating the pollen, as well. They may be taking both back to the nest.


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RE: Flowers covered with ants

That happens to my rose of sharon and I don't like it.
I would kill them off if they bother you. However, do it as organically as possible. If the flowers aren't being distorted, as my shrub was, I would leave them alone.


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RE: Flowers covered with ants

bumblbeez ants devour my rose of sharons.what do you use or can we do to control them?should we fertilize them in the winter too?


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