blackberry and raspberry questions
I'm looking to plant some brambles soon (fall or next spring?)
Can anyone tell me how hardy the erect/semi-erect thornless blackberries REALLY are?? Triple Crown is rated to zone 5 or 6 depending who you ask, but I seem to have read that a lot of people even in z6 lost all their floricanes this year. I could handle that happening one year out of five or so, but if it's every year or every other year, that's a different story. I've also heard Ouachita might be even a bit hardier as is Chester...but I've heard Chester's fruit quality leaves much to be desired - is that true?
Also I've read about a primocane bearing black raspberry called Niwot - has anyone tried it? Where can I get it?