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    I don't like yellow raspberries - they taste of sweet water and not much else. I still have some but am ripping them out whenever I spot them.
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    Chap at the plot just turned up with 30-odd spare autumn bliss - so I think my autumn raspberry decision for this year has been somewhat take out of my hands... free pretty uch always tastes best.

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    Dont have Joan J, but the polka, heritage, polana, autumn treasure all taste similar to me, much deeper taste and less watery than brought ones. Think it also depends on your site, if it gets water logged in winter then Joan J are root rot susceptible, polka are moderatly susceptible and autumn bliss is resistant. Think autumn bliss is like autumn treasure in that it needs double cropping to get a decent yield output
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    Chap at the plot just turned up with 30-odd spare autumn bliss - so I think my autumn raspberry decision for this year has been somewhat take out of my hands... free pretty uch always tastes best.
    I'm still picking from my Autumn bliss plants not a lot just 6 to 10 each morning so plenty to go on my oatmeal.
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    Love my Joan J Had a couple of berries off her today ~ November 13th!

    I have 3 Polka which I got earlier this year and temporarily put in pots....and the poor things are still in the pots! Their rasps didn't taste too bad but didn't compare to Joan for size nor sweetness......tho' we shall see how they compare next year once I have them in the ground properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    I don't like yellow raspberries - they taste of sweet water and not much else. I still have some but am ripping them out whenever I spot them.
    I got one earlier this year from Wilko and forgot to label it! Now I have FOUR pots with mystery plants in them....one is a red gooseberry tho' I think I know which that is as it is thorny; one is a Tayberry, one is a Redcurrant and the other is a yellow raspberry 'all gold'

    I really MUST start labelling things instead of relying on memory!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillykat View Post
    I got one earlier this year from Wilko and forgot to label it! Now I have FOUR pots with mystery plants in them....one is a red gooseberry tho' I think I know which that is as it is thorny; one is a Tayberry, one is a Redcurrant and the other is a yellow raspberry 'all gold'

    I really MUST start labelling things instead of relying on memory!!!
    No no no...... The fun bit is actually forgetting and then having a surprise
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    Default Polka all the way

    So, iím New to all this so might have got things wrong. However, last winter I put in 7 polka and 7 Joan j. Iím based in Dundee.

    All of the polka survives winter. 5 of the Joan j did. Polka canes are a bit longer and have little thorns, but not too bad. Joan j has no thorns but canes more brittle. Polka started fruiting a couple of weeks earlier and both continued fruiting to start of December.

    Polka fruit in my garden were larger, firmer and tastier. Joan j were still nice, but a touch smaller and a touch more watery with less flavour overall.

    Iím interested to see many people here say Joan j better than polka but itís not my experience in my garden. While both were nice, polka has been superior to Joan j in my garden in every way except that they have thorns.
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