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'Othello' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 34-915
most recent 20 MAR 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 18 MAR 09 by domenico67
I just love this rose, and its extremely, heavenly fragrant blooms. I like very much also the fact that some yellow colour flashes the base of petals, creating a nice and unusual effect in contrast with the clear red changing into purple. A really unique and alqays recognizeable rose, which has got somewhat a touch of 'Mme Isaac Pereire'.
This plant has some well defined srawbacks, however. First of all, in my climate (northern Italy) the vast mayority of flowers will burn badly after few hours of full sun. I don't know any other variety which is so burning prone. There are only two solutions: planting it in a half-shadowed positions, expecially avoiding full sun in central day hours, or cutting all flowers as soon as theu open and placing them in a vase, unless it's a cloudy day (but sometimes it can burn even in cloudy days!).
The other drawback is the rather sparse and leggy growth, with very long and stiff canes which are scarily thorny (I've got nightmares when I've to prune it!). I wonder if anyone has ever tried to grow it as a climber, arching new growths when they are still flexible enough.
The foliage can sometimes show a little rust, even if it rarely grows into a big trouble.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 20 MAR 09 by Chance
Domenico, can you tell me the color of Othello for you. I have seen so many photos of many different shades of red or purple for this rose. Thank you!

Discussion id : 19-541
most recent 17 SEP 07 SHOW ALL
Initial post 14 JUN 07 by gardening45
I have this planted next to my sweet Juliet...does she get as big? Its planted close in between two roses. Does it grow really big....should it have a larger place to grow? What is you'all experience with this rose?
Reply #1 of 4 posted 28 AUG 07 by Ananto
The combination with Sweet Juliet looks great to me, but I suspect that Othello will be bigger. I have two Othello's close to each other and they form a nice little group. In the beginning Othello is not very big, like 2 to 3 feet high, but later on it makes very long canes, up to 6 or 7 feet. I must say that these long canes go right up, so I think you don't need to be afraid they will hang over to neighbouring plants. My guess is that your combination is just fine!
Reply #2 of 4 posted 28 AUG 07 by gardening45
Thank you so much for your advise. I'm still thinking of moving her against the house, but it so way hot in San Diego right now, so I think I will wait and ponder until the weather gets cooler. I am glad to hear she grows straight up, this helps me a lot. Thanks for your reply.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 15 SEP 07 by Unregistered Guest
Hullo there Gardening45-
My experience with OTHELLO is that you cannot kill it -Unless perhaps you if you had it bulldozed out.
It loves WESTERN exposures and throws the most lethally thorned 10 ft to 12 ft canes I have ever seen.
Be sure to put it where there are NOT alot of kids/pets or foot traffic!!!
I still love it anyway-the rose are so very beautiful and a bowl of them in the kitchen will scent the whole house.
I hope this helps-
Cynthia in Arkansas
Reply #4 of 4 posted 17 SEP 07 by gardening45
Goodness...those are some really large canes. I think the safest place I can have it is where I planted it, though I didn't leave enough room between the two bushes I planted it. Thanks for your help...I appreciate it.
Discussion id : 9-017
most recent 15 SEP 07 SHOW ALL
Initial post 6 JUN 05 by Unregistered Guest
Where can a friend buy an own-root Othello?

Reply #1 of 2 posted 14 NOV 05 by Mich, Fremont, CA
It's available at:

Harlequins Gardens
4795 North 26th St
Boulder, Colorado 80301
Phone 303-939-9403
Reply #2 of 2 posted 15 SEP 07 by Unregistered Guest
High Country Nurseries used to have this in stock-also this place has them as well-
Discussion id : 9-018
most recent 8 JUN 05 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 6 JUN 05 by Unregistered Guest
Where can a friend buy a rose that she thinks is called Three Sisters?
Reply #1 of 5 posted 7 JUN 05 by Wendy C
There's a pink rose named 'Two Sisters' available at
Reply #2 of 5 posted 7 JUN 05 by Unregistered Guest
Thank you very much, Wendy C.
Reply #3 of 5 posted 7 JUN 05 by HMF Admin

The rose name search using the "contains" option to list every rose name containing the word "sisters". You'll see there are some other possibilities too. And as always, click on the AVAILABLE AT tab to see which suppliers carry the rose.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 8 JUN 05 by Unregistered Guest
I am also looking for a rose called the "Three Sisters". It was given to me years ago by a neighbor. The one I had was pink and "rambled" or climbed. Have you found one?
Reply #5 of 5 posted 8 JUN 05 by Unregistered Guest
Not yet. Will post it if I find one.
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