this study aimed at evaluating different kinds of cutting with variable bud number on rooting, budding percentage and development of grapes scions stock cv. iac 572. a trial was carried out in a nursery at embrapa in petrolina, brazil, in a randomized design, with four replications and five treatments, with 25 cuttings each plot. the treatments are the following: 1) three bud ligneous cutting; 2) two bud ligneous cutting; 3) one bud ligneous cutting; 4)two bud herbaceous cutting and 5) one bud herbaceous cutting. at 60 days after planting, three bud ligneous cutting presented the greatest percentages of rooting (99%) and budding (99%) and best development of shoots and roots. however, these results are not significantly different (p>0.5) to the values obtained to rooting and budding using one bud ligneous cutting.