I'm having a terrible problem bringing bugs indoors on cut flowers from the garden ... this includes ticks which is a major issue -- not to mention the pesky flying insects and spiders and earwigs ... does anyone have a solution to this problem short of not bringing flowers into the house???? Not just peonies, all flowers ...
I have been lucky in that I have not had too much problems in the past with insects and stuff on flowers. I do get ants and I just have to pick them off as they scurry out. I have had aphids on my Autumn joy blooms and I dunk the whole flower head in a bucket of soapy water and all the aphids kind of float off, and then I rinse the flowers off. The blooms are strong enough to withstand that treatment without any problems. My main problem is with slugs and snails munching on the flowers before I pick them. I do spray my plants periodically to kind of wash them off in areas where I have soaker hoses and we don't have summer rains here. That may help keep the insect population in check.
My house is filled with lady bugs and spiders. Yesterday a HUGE bumble bee flew out of the dahlia arrangement at the dinner table. He must have been in there 2 days!~
If i dunked my flower heads they wouldnt like it!
I have the problem also,Crock.