American Rose Magazine 3(2): 24 (March-April, 1939)
Sound Sense in Bud Selection

In one of the Australian nursery catalogues we noticed the following statement about the origin of propagating material used by the nursery:


"For some years it has been recognized that in most orchards there are trees that rarely produce sufficient fruits to be payable, whilst other trees are more constant producers of good quality and payable crops, so that with the view of enabling nurserymen to supply trees to planters of the most productive and remunerative standards, the above Society was formed under the aegis of the Department of Agriculture, and consists of Representative Fruit-growers and Nurserymen. The Society DOES NOT AND CANNOT make profits, but merely exists to improve the fruit-growing industry by making available for budding, selected buds from special trees of the best types of quality fruit and reputed good-bearing habits only."

Being strong believers in bud selection, we wrote to Harry H. Hazlewood, a nurseryman of Epping, New South Wales, who is a member of the American Rose Society, for information about the Bud Selection Society. He replies as follows:

"The Co-operative Bud Selection Society Ltd. referred to was formed along the lines of the Society which grew out of the work of Prof. Shamel in California, who was given the work of investigating the decline in quality and quantity of the citrus groves in California. As far as the local body is concerned it is a non-profit company with a capital of about $25. They visit the leading orchards and select trees of approved type and known production, and by agreement with the owner, later on cut budding wood from these trees, to be sold to applicants from the nursery trade. At present their activity is confined to about six of the leading sorts of citrus fruits, but there is a move to apply the same principle to summer fruits as well. I do not see any reason why it cannot be applied to roses, but think it would have to be run by some public test garden which could help to defray its expenses by selling proved propagating material. Every reputable nurseryman of my acquaintance practices selection in some form or another."

There certainly is food for thought in this matter. In the 1937 Annual P. R. Bosley, a rose nurseryman, told about his selection of eyes for budding, and we are told that Roy Hennessey, of Hillsboro, Ore., by bud selection, has his Hybrid Perpetuals blooming all summer instead of just at the beginning of the season.