Source: AgriLife Today

Strawberry plants are an edible gardening gift that keeps on giving well beyond Valentine’s Day, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension horticulture specialist, San Antonio, said the new Texas Superstar selection – Festival Strawberry – provides some of the best characteristics on the market.

The Festival Strawberry combines prolific production and quality taste as the latest Texas Superstar available for purchase in retail garden centers and nurseries, according to the Texas Superstar executive board.

The initial Texas Superstar promotion for Festival Strawberries in September came in time for fall planting through November, which experts say is the best time to plant the variety for springtime fruit production. But early February is also a good time to look for strawberries, Rodriguez said.

The Festival Strawberry variety was named a 2018 Texas Superstar plant by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and Texas Tech University horticulturists after four years of field trials around the state.

To be designated a Texas Superstar, a plant must be beautiful and perform well for consumers and growers throughout the state.