All roses are gorgeous, but some just take your breath away. The Osiria Rose is one of those. At this stage it is very hard to get here in the USA. The rose has become something of a social media icon, and the image is shared on Facebook, Pinterest and Stumble upon often. This post is one of the most popular ones on my website. Osiria rose care is also quite difficult, since this rose is a challenge to grow.
Unfortunately, many of the images, on the internet, of the rose are highly photo shopped for dramatic purposes. The colors in real life are not quite so dramatic, it seems. The photo above is one from a reader that shows the true colors and the photo below is one that travels the internet which I believe to be heavily photo shopped.
Osiria Rose care can be quite a challenge and the rose is difficult to find for sale.
When you can find it for sale, Osiria is described as a hybrid tea rose. (affiliate link) This links to an Amazon page where the rose looks similar to the photo below from Garden Web but it is not labeled Osiria. It is a very large flowered bush rose with dark green leaves. In summer and autumn, the fragrant, double flowers come out. They are just stunning. I have seen this rose, with this picture, offered for sale as rose seeds on Amazon, but the reviews on it are not very good.
Osiria Rose Care Problems.
Palatine nursery used to sell this rose, but has recently discontinued production of the rose for these reasons:
- Many internet photos of Osiria are highly photo shopped, so the plant can be disappointing in true color
- The rose itself often has poor plant health
- It has very few flowers
- It is slow to re-bloom.
For these reasons, the suppliers at Palatine nursery were concerned that gardeners new to rose culture would be so disappointed in the rose that they would not try other varieties of it in future so they discontinued production of it completely.
Where to buy seed
If you are still interested in trying to grow this rose in spite of the shortcomings on it, you can buy Osiria rose seed here. I have not tested the seed to see how it grows, but the images are mainly photo shopped, so buyer beware. If you do grow it with success, please email me to let me know. I would love to see a photo of it too.
Information on Osiria Rose Care:
- Size: 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide after about 2-5 years
- Created by: cross breeding of two different types of roses (hybrids and tea roses)
- Problems: susceptible to aphids, caterpillars, spider mites and leaf hoppers
- Diseases: Black spot, powdery mildew and rose rust
- Uses: Beds and borders, cottage gardens, flower arranging.
- Sun: Likes full sunlight
- Growth: slow growing, limited flower output
- Prune: spring
- Fertilize:Rose fertilizer early spring and again in mid summer. (affiliate link)
Photo of Osiria that has not been photo shopped: (to my knowledge) More photos of it on this link too!
Magic Garden Roses stocks the red variety too but have sold out, although they do state that it will be available this year. A photo of their variety of Osiria is quite different from the photo shopped internet version of it but still lovely. The colors are much more muted.
Update. One of our readers Carl H. Purchased a rooted cane from Roses Unlimited. He was on the waiting list for a few months before they shipped to him. When it arrived, it was a small cane with three buds on it. Carl said ” We moved it to a larger pot using Miracle Grow potting soil and added some B1 when watering it in. Even though it’s small, some buds are starting.” Here are two photos showing the rose as it grew.
And another as it started to open. Not the dramatic photo shopped look, but still a pretty rose.
Here is an update on Carl’s Osiria rose. One of my readers just shared this photo and some more information on Osiria rose care. Carl says that the rose seems to be putting it’s energy into blooms. The plant is quite small and Carl has almost lost it a couple of times to black spot and mites. The bloom in the picture reached over four inches and lasted several days as a cut flower. Carl thinks it will take a couple more years before he feels it is safe to plant outside. And he adds” I can understand now the comments that it’s a difficult plant to grow. Thanks for sharing this Carl.
One of my readers, Pam has grown this Osiria Rose. She told me that this is an original plant from 1940’s that came out of her Grandfather’s garden in Birmingham, AL. She transferred it to Washington state. It looks as though is loves its new home Pam!
Here is another photo of an untouched Osiria rose submitted by Tammy B. I love the way the colors show on opposite sides. So pretty! Tammy said that all she had to do to get this gorgeous thing to grow was to water it, prune it and put down mulch.
If you have grown this rose with success, please let us know, in the comments below, where you purchased it and also how it grew for you.
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