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Re: Ants

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Ants
  • From: "John I. Jones" <jijones@ix.netcom.com>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 14:53:08 +0000
  • References: <l03020900b1b082fa12b7@[203.13.168.43]>

Dianne Dalla Santa wrote:
> 
>         I am also troubled by ants in my plants. The type that swarm up my
> legs when I disturb the ground either with hoe or water. We have a peaceful
> existence until the Spuria's flower and then war is declared. They then
> attack the blooms to gather tiny glistening droplets of sweet nectar that
> accumulates at the base of each petal. Then my guess is that the nectar is
> tracked over the entire area which encourages them to chew into the
> unfurled petals of unopened buds. The result is very fimbriated blooms and
> makes finding a show bench spike difficult. I resort to using ant dust
> around the base of the clumps to deter them.  After bloom is finished they
> are welcomed back as free subterranean drainage experts.
>         On behalf of the Victorian Region of the Iris Society of Australia
> I want to sincerely thank Mike Lowe for the insertion of our 50th
> Anniversary  Sunraysia Iris Convention details on the World Iris site.
> Thank you Mike.
>         Dianne Dalla Santa, Australia, surveying the damage caused by
> severe frosts but happy knowing the iris bloom in October will be all the
> better for it.





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