Our customers who grow roses are familiar with rosebushes budded or grafted onto the rootstock of another rose bush, commonly known as bud grafting. This is done when a bud-eye is taken from another rose plant and grafted to the stem of a growing rootstock plant, below the bottom set of leaves. Bud grafting is a simple process and it allows varieties of roses with weak root systems to continue to survive.Additional advantages to bud grafting are:
Tom Carruth, a former Jackson and Perkins Roses hybridizer says that, except for the Miniatures and Shrubs that are grown on their own roots, "we use Dr. Huey rose plants exclusively. The reason is that it propagates easily, it has a long budding season, the plants harden off and ship well, they store well when bare-rooted, and the general adaptability to the broad area of climates and soils that we ship to is pretty good." Unfortunately for the rosarian maintaining rootstock in the garden, Dr. Huey tends to mildew (a trait that is not passed on to the budded rose).