Return to the Impatiens Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Ants on my plants!

Posted by goyanks34 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 4, 06 at 19:02

Does anyone know if ants can harm impatiens? I have been having some trouble with mine, some of the plants doing great, some getting weak and falling apart at the biforcation at the stem. I have recently noticed that there are a lot of tiny ants all over the plants. Some are dark brown or black and some are extremely tiny and are reddish brown. The plants are in rail boxes. I looked for aphids but I haven't been able to spot any, only some gnats and an occasional beetle (that I flick off). Does anyone have any suggestions? I really don't want to spray any chemicals if I don't have to.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Ants on my plants!

Ants like to farm on the plants they wont hurt the plants directly. They also like the extra floral nectaries along the leaves. I would guess they might be useing your plants to raise their livestock like aphids, scale and mealies. You may have to use a systemic to get rid of the pests then the ants will find other fertile grounds to graze thier stock on.

RE: Ants on my plants!

I am having the same problem my impatiens are starting to die.
I've noticed clusters of dirt all around the buds at the top of the impatiens stem. When I pick it off and pull the dirt/bud/flower cluster apart, there are tons of ants congregating inside the cluster.
I thought perhaps this was due to stink bugs biting in to the plants, leaching sweet substances that may be attracting an unusual amount of ants. At the rate this is happening, I will lose all of my impatiens.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Impatiens Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here