The Osiria Rose is a breathtaking beauty
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.
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.
Osiria is 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.
The only source that I found in the past year for the sale of the Osiria rose is a Canadian supplier, Palatine. However the company no longer sells it.
Potential problems with Osiria Rose.
Palatine 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:
- 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.
Bakker Spalding, a UK company has it for sale. at the moment.
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.
This is a photo from a reader Tom. He purchased his from Palatine but is a bit disappointed in the color since it is not what he expected, but he says it has a great fragrance.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.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small commission from the sale, but the price is the same for you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."