Ants on lillies?

ladyrose65May 26, 2013

Why are there ants on the lilies? I notice every year my lilies are crawling with ants. At first I thought they help the flower to open up. I just have leaves and they got ants all over them?

Are they good or should I put some dusting powder on the plants?

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

The ants are probably farming aphids. Just smush/rub/wash them off with the hose (the aphids.)

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 3:02PM
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gardengal48

Many lilies will secrete nectar, sometimes even in the bud stage. If no aphids present, the ants are just going after the nectar themselves (like ants on peonies). They do no harm.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 4:32PM
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