Yellow Cushion roses were first bred in 1966 in the United States by David Armstrong. They were later introduced to market by Armstrong Roses. David Armstrong is a rose breeder that was most active in the late 1960’s at his family’s nursery in California. This particular rose was created by crossing the hybrid tea rose Fandango with the Floribunda rose Pinocchio. The result is a yellow Floribunda rose that is somewhat rare these days, if you are able to find it at all.
The rose Yellow Cushion is fairly typical for a Floribunda and will produce blooms that are around 4 inches or so in diameter. The blooms will be pretty full with as many as 30 to 40 petals each, and you can expect the blooms to carry a very strong fragrance. This repeat bloomer will do well in zones 6 and warmer and you will find the rose Yellow Cushion to be very resistant to diseases.
Growing the rose Yellow Cushion is not a difficult rose to grow and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this variety to be all that challenging. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses in general require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well. This variety is no exception. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light.
You also will want to grow your Yellow Cushion roses in soil that drains well. This is not a hard thing to do but surprisingly it is a very common mistake I see among newer growers. If you grow your roses in poor soil that stays soaking wet for long periods of time, the plant will tend to become sickly, weak, and it will almost certainly under-perform. There are a wide variety of soil mixes available on the commercial market, many of which are designed specifically for growing roses. You just need to select the one you prefer and use that. Your rose Yellow Cushion will thank you for it.
Getting the rose Yellow Cushion into the ground is pretty straight forward but how you go about planting roses depends a little bit on how you originally purchased them. If you bought one locally, then it was probably already planted for you in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest roses to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will keep your bud union at its original depth, while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought you Yellow Cushion roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots of the plant, and deep enough to set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Yellow Cushion set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole at least halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole. Give the loose soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. Do not tamp down the soil. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots of the plant.
Taking care of the rose Yellow Cushion is not hard and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with enough water and nutrients, while being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering every week. If your region is unusually hot or dry, then you should check your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Yellow Cushion roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open. This will give your roses a quick start to the growing season. Like most Floribunda roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Yellow Cushion should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune your rose Yellow Cushion in the very early spring when the weather starts to warm, but before the leaves have begun to open. This makes pruning much easier. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will eventually compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Yellow Cushion roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous growing season. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can easily turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Yellow Cushion a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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