Do Peonies Really Need Ants
By Kathy Conner Cornell VCE Southside Master Gardener My husband and I have a peony growing where we sit in the warmer winter/spring days. It amazes us how quickly it grows once it sprouts out, seems like 6” a day. Right now, the buds have formed but once the buds start to open, here come the ants. He always tells me that the peony needs the ants to bloom. That was not mentioned when I studied the plant in school so I thought I’d check it out.