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- Subject: Re: Ants
- From: "John I. Jones" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 14:53:08 +0000
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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.