Propagation of cutleaf sumac and Pinky Winky hydrangea

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How do you propagate golden cutleaf sumac and ‘Pinky Winky’ hydrangea?

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Probably the easiest way to propagate the golden cutleaf sumac named ‘Tiger Eyes’ (Rhus typhina ‘Tiger Eyes’) is to take advantage of the way it spreads by suckering. A sucker is a new stem that develops off the plant roots. In fact, this sumac can be invasive in some gardens due to its suckering habit. When the plant is dormant – either late in fall after the leaves drop or early in spring before they emerge – simply dig up any new stem that has developed beside the main plant, being careful to include a good-sized root ball. Each will be a new plant.

Hydrangeas such as ‘Pinky Winky’ can be propagated by cuttings, early in summer before the stems become too woody. (As it’s mid-August now, you might have to wait till next year to try.) An excellent website on all-things-hydrangea is called, appropriately, www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com. They provide detailed instructions for this technique, including pictures, here: http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/propagation.html

Good luck with your project.