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Do peonies need ants to bloom?

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Peonies do not need ants to bloom. Ants like the plants because they secrete a sweet, sticky substance before the buds bloom, according to Chateau CharMarron Gardens. Once the blooms open, the ants disappear.

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Newly planted peonies do not bloom during their first year because they are developing a supportive root system and developing their leaves. Lack of sufficient light or improper planting may discourage blooms in the following year, however.

Peonies do best in USDA zones 2-8. Early blooming varieties are recommended for planting in warmer climates. A local nursery is the best source of information regarding which varieties prosper in sultry environs.

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