Purple opal vs little black prince...

Rose121Rose121 Posts: 71
Hey folks! I'm planning a fruiting 'hedge' of dwarf blackberries and raspberries, and wondered if anyone had a POV on which of the two dwarf blackberry varieties might be better? 

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  • Rose121Rose121 Posts: 71
    Other dwarf berry recommendations also welcome :)
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 1,779
    Why do you want dwarf varieties?  Are you limited on space/height?
    Utah, USA.
  • Rose121Rose121 Posts: 71
    I am in the area with decent sun. It's bang in the middle of the garden so having 2m canes sticking up looks a bit silly. Also hoping to net then more easily - last year's crop from my big canes was ruined by the new drosophila critters. 
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 1,779
    True.  You had trouble with fruit flies?  I can't imagine successful netting them out in such a way that still allows the plant ample air and light.  How do you plan to do it?
    Utah, USA.
  • Rose121Rose121 Posts: 71
    Rhs suggests a <1mm mesh, so i'm thinking aa ver fine net ( not sure whether a gardening specific one or some synthetic tulle) once the fruit starts to form. It's spotted wing drosophila, which are a relatively new uk pest but a total pain - larvae in all our berries last year. Will probably get some traps, too. 
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