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Does anyone know of a parthenocarpic (all female flowers, no need for pollination) yellow squash (and source for the seed)? I need one I can grow under row covers so the blasted pickle worms don't damage all the fruit. I have zucchini and cucumbers that are parthenocarpic, just haven't found a good yellow squash variety.
I am getting limited control of the pickle worms, but they still damage at least a quarter of the fruit.
I have not encountered any crooknecks, straightnecks or scallops that are parthenocarpic. All cuurently available seem to dark green zucchini, Cavilli, Parthenon, Surething, Whitaker. I did find a field test that listed a straightneck ( Gold Strike) as 75 % partheoncarpic, but can find no seed source.
A "fruit" is merely an edible seed covering. Parthenocarpic varieties have been tricked into growing the seed covering without the seeds. They still need pollination to reproduce ( develop seeds) but for practical purposes the seedless fruit are sufficient.
Thanks Farmerdill, I knew you would know if they were out there. The pickle worms are driving me crazy. I have found they crawl around at night so I go out with a light and spray Bt or spinosad after dark which has given me a little control.
Dane, I want to grow the plants under row covers and don't want to hand pollinate. The row covers keep insects out (like the pickle worms and squash vine borers).