Partenon Hybrid Squash Seeds

Partenon Hybrid Squash Seeds

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Terrific Heat Resistance and Bitterfree Flavor!
SKU 52518-PK-P1
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Key Characteristics
Days To Maturity


Mature Height

18 IN

Mature Width

3 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Description / Partenon Hybrid Squash Seeds

50 to 55 days from direct-sowing.

One bite of this scrumptious zucchini will convince you that you have a new favorite. And if you live in a hot-summer climate, all the better -- Partenon is specially adapted to produce well in high-heat temperatures where others flounder. Big yields, tender-sweet fruit, open plant habit for easy harvest . . . what's not to love about Partenon?!

Partenon takes its name from its nature: it is a parthenocarpic, or self-pollinating, variety, much like a seedless watermelon. It has very few seeds, and what it does have are soft and small. But the real differences are its ability to grow under adverse conditions, its resistance to cucumber beetles (a big pest for other zucchini varieties), and its longer freshness after harvest.

First, the vigor and determination to bloom and fruit in high heat and other stressful growing conditions. Many zukes simply won't pollinate once the temperature climbs above 90 degrees F, and if you live in an area where that can happen even in late spring, let alone summer, your squash crop can really suffer. Partenon avoids the whole problem and sets reliably every time, with each 18-inch-high, 36-inch-wide plant setting about half a dozen fruit.

Second, the resistance to cucumber beetles. This is just a side benefit of Partenon's bitterfree fruit. The chemical that causes that bitterness also attracts cucumber beetles. So by having less of the chemical, Partenon not only bears sweeter fruit, it keeps the pests away!

Third, the extended "shelf life" of these zucchinis. Again, it's all science. Partenon has much lower levels of ethylene, the chemical that speeds ripening (and over-ripening!). So if you pick it on schedule, you'll find that it keeps its texture and flavor longer than other varieties from your garden. Pretty cool!

Partenon is a quick grower, setting long, slender fruit that will simply keep going if you don't pick them at 8 or 9 inches. Dark green and packed with nutrition, they are a pleasure to eat. Give this exciting newcomer a try this season!

Sow seeds 1 inch deep directly into the garden after the danger of frost is past. (The rule of thumb is 2 seeds per hole.) Thin the seedlings to 24 inches apart, or plant 4 to 5 seeds together in hills 4 feet apart and then thin to 2 plants per hill. For even earlier harvests, start seeds indoors and transplant into the garden as soon as the soil warms in spring.

Product Details

Genus Cucurbita
Species pepo
Variety Partenon Hybrid
Product Classification Annuals
Sun / Shade Full Sun
Habit Compact
Days To Maturity 55.00
Harvest Season Early Summer, Late Summer, Mid Summer
Resistance Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Characteristics Direct Sow, Easy Care Plants, Edible
Uses Beds, Cuisine, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers

Customer Reviews

Fantastic grower!
Review by Texas Gardner
Started them inside under a grow light and a heat mat. All the seeds germinated. They are growing like crazy. Already transplanted in larger pots, I am looking forward to placing them in the ground (Mel's mix soiless raised bed). The only problem? I was not counting on all the seeds germinating and I have too many plants! A good problem to have.
Great production
Review by Terry
Grew these the last 2 years with good production and flavor.
The perfect zucchini for my garden!
Review by Angie Tran
Polination has always been a problem in my Pacific Northwest garden. So many zucchinis were lost in early and late season, and even at the height of summer when the bees were not that active. I was so happy to have found Paternon last year. I grew it under a home-made hoop house, and every female flower grew into a beautiful fruit (it of course took an extra day or two for the fruit to get to an usable size, at the beginning and end of growing season, but I never missed any zucchini!). The plants kept producing and producing, and the fruits taste good, too. They had very few seeds, even when picked at a larger size. The only possible downside is that the fruit skin is on the thicker side (that never bothered us), so if you like thin-skinned fruits, this variety might not be for you. As for me, I'm definitely growing Paternon again! It might very well be the only zucchini I'll ever need!
First Crop for me
Review by NancymonDee
I love to grow Zucchini unfortunately the location I moved to, hasn't allowed me to grow much because of all the squash beetles in my area. I don't use pesticides so I normally just manually spray off or pick off bugs if we get any. Normally after a harvest of about 5 zucchinis per plant, My plants are struggling. This particular variety however, because it's less bitter (bitter is what the beetles like) doesn't attract them as quickly and I get a whole 2 months before the beetles decide to take it over. From starting from seed, the plants only take about a month to mature and then it's zucchinis left and right. I ended up growing 6 plants in my zone 7b and had to give about half of them away because we had so many. They went into production earlier than my friends who grew different varieties! Will definitely be growing again in the spring!
Review by Sally V.
I was looking for a plant resistant to beetles and this one fit the bill. High yields of tender zucchini makes this plant ideal for my area which can get rather hot in the summer. I will be adding these seeds to my "must have" each year. I can't say enough about this variety.

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