I have ants on the flower bud and flower buds are not developing. Do I have aphids? What should I do?
I Have Ants on the Flower Bud
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This is certainly possible. You may not see the pests, but something is defnitely there (or has been anyway), as the sticky suubstance they leave behind, called honeydew, may be attracting the ants. I would treat the plant with neem oil. This article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm