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Name: Arlene L
Inwood, WV
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May 28, 2016 4:33 AM CST
I would like to cut and bring in some of my beautiful peonie blossoms. However I don't want the hidden ants, etc. how do I remove insects from them prior to entering the house?
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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May 28, 2016 6:08 AM CST
How about a good spray with the garden hose? Gene
Name: Paul
Madison, IN (Zone 6a)
May 28, 2016 6:23 AM CST
I've not tried this before, but maybe putting them in a vase with sugar water. that might entice the critters down from the flowers and then you can nab them.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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May 28, 2016 6:25 AM CST
Welcome! I think the short answer is that you can't, not completely. You could try gently tapping the flowers on a hard surface to encourage them to leave. I would think spraying with a garden hose might spoil the flowers. Gently shaking or tapping the critters out may not get rid of any lurking deep inside the flowers but should reduce the numbers.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)

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May 28, 2016 6:28 AM CST
Would submerging the flowers ruin them? Insects won't stay under water long and they will very quickly float to the surface.
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