field budding



  • a method of grafting grapevines in which the rootstock is planted and allowed to grow for a season. The graft is then made by fixing a small piece of the fruiting variety, which has just a single dormant bud on it, in a cut in the rootstock just above ground level. The graft is held in place with a rubber patch, and earth is piled up over the graft to keep the bud dormant. The following season the original rootstock is cut off just above the graft, ensuring that the dormant bud is the only bud available from which a shoot can grow.