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Tomato, SuperSauce Hybrid

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The world's largest sauce tomato!

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It's SuperSauce! The new tomato superhero. A whole lot bigger, a whole lot better, a Roma with aroma. Weighing in at 2 lb., a whopping 5.5" tall x 5" wide, SuperSauce produces gallons of luscious, seedless sauce from a single plant harvest - one tomato fills an entire sauce jar. Very few people in the gardening world consider a paste tomato for anything other than making paste or sauce. SuperSauce also makes a superlative salad tomato; it's perfect for a meaty and tasty hamburger slice too. Indeterminate, disease-free plants yield a summer-long supply of the exquisitely flavored marinara, tomato gravy or meat sauce plus plenty for salads and slicing. SuperSauce takes 7-12 days to germinate.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.


Fruit Bearing This refers to the relative season when the plant produces fruit, or if it bears continuously or just once


Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

70 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

22-32 ounces

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

38 inches

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  • Tomatoes

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Mar-07 - Last Date: Mar-21
    First Date: May-02 - Last Date: May-30

How to Sow and Plant

  • Sow tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds ¼  inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Tomatoes should be set 30-48 inches apart in a row with the rows spaced 3-4 feet apart. It can be tempting to space tomatoes more closely at planting time, but if you plant too closely you will increase the chance of disease, and decrease yields.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. 
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development. 
  • Tomatoes can be planted deeply, with the stem buried to the first set of leaves. The more deeply they are planted the more roots will form, providing the plant with additional support and better ability to take up nutrients. Some gardeners plant tomatoes by digging a horizontal trench and laying the plant in the trench with the top 2-4 inches of the plant pointing upward.
  • Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water. 
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.  
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Place your plant support at this time. You can try tomato cages or staking. Unsupported plants will sprawl on the ground, require no pruning, and will probably produce a larger yield of smaller fruit than will staked plants. For larger, cleaner, more perfect fruits, support plants as they grow. Growing on stakes: Place strong stakes in the ground and set plants about 6 inches from the stakes. Growing in cages: Place a cage around a single plant; let the vines grow and enlarge within the cage, no pruning  will be necessary

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. This is especially important for tomatoes as their roots may be easily damaged when weeding, and this can lead to blossom end rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • If growing on stakes: As the plants grow, allow only one or two main stems to grow and pinch out any other side shoots as they form. Gently tie the one or two remaining shoots to the stake; don't pull them tightly against the stake. If growing in cages, no pruning is necessary.
  • Whether to remove the side shoots, or suckers, that grow out of the leaf axils or not depends on the support system used. Gardeners using stakes usually snap off these side shoots. They typically get earlier and larger tomatoes but overall production tends to be less. If tomatoes are grown in cages, the suckers are generally left on, although it's a good idea to pinch the tip out of them when they are 6-8 inches long. Regardless you may want to remove all the growth from the bottom 6-10 inches of the plant. This helps to improve air circulation and reduce the spread of diseases such as early blight. Wait until the plants are knee-high. In the morning when the plants have the most water in them, snap off the lower growth while it is small. Any plants that look sick with distorted foliage or have a mosaic pattern on the leaves should be removed as they may have a virus that can spread to the other plants. It is best to do this early in the season.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvesting and Preserving Tips

  • Determinate tomato plants ripen a heavy crop over a few weeks. Indeterminate varieties bear fruit continuously until frost. Remember that the days to harvest refers to the time from setting out transplants in the garden.
  • Pick tomatoes when they are as ripe as possible. They should be fully colored and firm and picked regularly to avoid overloading plants.
  • At the end of the season, when you know there will be a frost, pick all the almost-ripe tomatoes you can, and ripen them in brown bags or spread on newspapers at room temperature. Many cultivars will store for months. Store only sound fruit, at 50-60°F. Do NOT refrigerate and try to avoid having the fruit touch each other.
  • The foliage of tomatoes is toxic and should not be eaten.
  • Tomato fruits are enjoyed in many cooked dishes as a flavoring. Use them to make soups, sauces, stews, ketchup, paste, juice, quiche, and pies. Add them to curries, casseroles, and chutney.
Fruit Bearing
Days To Maturity
70 days
Fruit Weight
22-32 ounces
Full Sun
38 inches
45 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
6 inches
Tomato, SuperSauce Hybrid is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 307.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Super suprise! I grew 8 varieties of tomatoes this year. This was my first for growing "super sauce". Had bought only one plant of this variety. It was very impressive with huge perfectly formed tomatoes with no cracking, splitting, or end rot . It performed better than other varieties under our rapidly fluctuating weather this summer. Certainly hope to find it available next year. Only one concern: It seems to have gone into early decline and senescence for a tomato that is supposed to be in-determinant.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Good in Hot Dry Climates The tomato is too large-fruited to grow successfully here. About half the fruit from the Super Sauce went straight to the compost pile. I had severe cat-facing, splitting, blossom end rot, sunburning, and by the time the fruit was actually mature it was rotting in some places. Maybe in cooler climates, but bigger is not better for fruit size. The small slicer, and the cherry tomatoes did very well.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dud I planted these in the house under grow lights in a warm place. They didn't sprout.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Problems after about 60 days, plants died ...other tomato plant types did well??? Yield on Supersauce was down about 50-60%?? Planted in past years and did well...was there a problem with this years grow??
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!! This is one SUPER tomato!!! Bought a few of the Super Sauce Hybrids to see if they were really that good. THEY ARE. I planted them in a raised bed. They shot right up and set lots of tomatos. The only problem was in addition to the cage I had to use stakes and/or cloth ties to support the HEAVY clusters of tomatos.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Sauce tomato I like this tomato but have had little success with the live plants I've purchased. Will only grow from seeds in the future.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not good. Nowhere near the size the add claimed. Sweet and juicy but definitely not a sauce tomato.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful The best sauce tomato ever. Great taste, great yield, and makes the best salsa.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gotta have it! This is my third year growing SuperSauce and I've been very pleased and rewarded each year. They can be slightly less vigorous as seedlings but once growing they are very healthy and productive. We use them for sauce/paste and for canned tomatoes and feel they are not only a work/time saver due to the extremely large size but also produce a superior product! We will continue to grow these and really appreciate Burpee introducing these to the home gardener!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Doing Great This year I had to order plants. They were a little pricey and a mess when they arrived. Surprisingly they snapped out of it but I think that I will always try to start my own. I love these tomatoes for their larger size, few seeds in them, meaty flesh and the taste great.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Large unblemished tomatoes, but plant not prolific Northern MD garden. Started these from seeds and well-cared for through planting and beyond, to include side-dressing every 6 weeks with organic vegetable (but not tomato-specific) fertilizer. We did have heat and rainfall fluctuations beyond the norm this year. Large fruit but plants overall not prolific and plants already appear done for the season. Will try one more season.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing ! They get huge and are so good canned ,folks cant believe they are a Roma I took one to the local country store and they kept it on the counter as a conversation piece
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing this time! We followed the instructions like last time , but no luck this year. Only tomatoes my wife can eat, seedless. Better luck next year!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge tomatoes. These have got to be one of the biggest sauce tomatoes I have seen!!!!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tomato I have grown super sauce along with big mama for as many years as they have been available. This has been a difficult year for growing but my harvest is getting underway and I plan on a lot of canning from both varieties. Great flavor and huge size.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Huge but green These tomatoes are enormous but they are very slow to get ripe. Fruit set on vines in July and only have one tomatoe that is beginning to turn pink. Hope they get ripe before the first frost. If so I will have gallons of sauce.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! These are big! My seeds I planted came up and I was surprised at the size of these tomatoes.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strange plant Not sure what happened. The plant is ridiculously small and spindly. It has produced a total of three tomatoes all season with two more on the way. Part of this is likely due to the fact that I trellis my tomatoes, and the plant is so small it has been significantly outgrown, and this overshadowed by it's neighbors and isn't getting as much sun. I planted only one as a novelty to see what would happen,not wanting to trust my entire season to this unknown. It was a good choice. I will try once more next season and make sure it's planted where it won't be shadowed.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Large and falvorful. These tomatoes are great. Large and very few seeds. I didn't get that many fruits but i think that is because we had a long rainy stretch at just the wrong time. I will probably try them again next year.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A monster tomato! This is my third year growing Burpee SuperSauce Hybrid Tomatoes. Last year, I was thrilled to grow one that weighed 20 oz. But THIS year, I must have been doing something even more right. I just harvested this FORTY OUNCE SuperSauce monster from one of my six plants. This guy is an absolute beast of a tomato! And, just as important, I grabbed him before the evil squirrels got hold of him. These tomatoes are spectacular for making sauce. They are heavy, meaty and have few seeds. I grow a few other for slicing (Brandywines, Cherokee Purple and black plum tomatoes this year with a couple of cherry type for salads) but the SuperSauce are my go-to tomato for canning into pasta sauce, chili base, salsa, ketchup, etc. Germination rates for me are nearly 100% and the plants are very robust. I grow all my vegetables organically in raised beds made of cedar fence post pickets. My beds are very deep (18" to 24") and range in size from 15"x60" to 48"x60". We build the beds in the Fall and fill them with layers of shredded leaves, grass clippings and other compostables, including an occasional layer of Black Kow composted manure. In the Spring, I add several inches of planting medium (coir or peat, compost and vermiculite. All of my tomatoes are mulched first with overlapping layers of newspaper and then several inches of chopped wheat straw. I water with drip irrigation and feed the soil from time to time with fish emulsion or seaweed fertilizer (including SeaMagic from Burpee). Most of my SuperSauce tomatoes are running 12 to 20 ounces this year. Shown below are a few that are still ripening. And, YES, I harvest my tomatoes before they are fully ripe. As soon as they start to blush with a little pink, I pick them, wash them and lay them on that spongy rubber matting that is used to line cabinet shelves. Gives them a bit of cushion as they rest (safely) inside and finish ripening. This has literally transformed my harvest yields.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good product had them before and they are best sauce tomatoes i ever had
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Triple duty tomato 1. Slicers for sandwiches 2. dice the ends for salsa 3. or use the body for pasta sauce and the ends for salsa. Finally, if you want to get cute, they are big enough to do all three at the same time with several of them.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Underwhelmed by flavor or size I started SuperSauce from seed in January and transplanted to the garden mid-March. Although the plants continue to produce fruit, even in the Texas summer heat, the tomatoes aren't nearly the size I expected. Moreover, compared to the half dozen or so other tomatoes that I planted, the flavor of the SuperSauce is bland. I'm kicking myself for planting these instead of more roma, or trying San Marzano.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The biggest plum you can grow! These plum tomatoes really are amazing! The ones I grew really were as big as my hand! They are super easy to peel, so few seeds and all meat. This is an awesome tomato for making sauce out of!!
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We will see I had a 100% germination rate, all of them have made it to my garden. Here is my issue the plants are very inconsistent in growth some appear to be indeterminate (which is why I chose this tomato in the first place) and some are very definitely determinate. Their growth habit is messy and you can't even tell what is the main stem to tie them up and prune them I think I may have topped several but they still have multiple suckers. Not they are getting any taller than maybe 20in. I have others that are doing as well as my beefsteaks growing very well have blooms and some small tomatoes growing on them and they are 3ft tall. I think the fact that there are such wide ranging reviews is they seed itself isn't totally hybridized My batch is poof of that. I will review this tomato again after harvesting them.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a Good Choice. Purchased seeds, Grew beautifully in the greenhouse. Transplanted to garden, is quickly succumbing to blight.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not disease free Growing this roma and also Gladiator. Although the fruit looks nice and large, I am dealing with early blight on each of them. I am trying to deal with this organically.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from lost every plant I bought seeds and have not one plant left. I would never buy these again. They are very expensive seeds to not have any plants left. If I were able to I wouldn't give these even one star.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Huge tomatos but....... I purchased and grew these in 2016. Germination was great and they grew wonderful until they were 4 foot tall just like a determinate. After the first wave of fruit there were very few more set. I had two other varieties in the same bed that grew normally all year. The size of the fruit is very impressive but is set in clusters so need to be supported or they break off the vine.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good start, but disease got the better of them I started these from seeds, the plants grew quickly and extremely healthy for the first month and a half indoors. When I transplanted them out, I planted them deep and cut back the first 8" of foliage once they grew. These plants require a lot of support once they set fruit, and the fruit is beautiful and heavy. For me, disease resistance is extremely important in the garden, and when the bugs showed up, the disease followed. All of my supersauce plants were quickly overrun with disease, where many of my other varieties survived or bounced back. For this reason, I'll be replacing these with other varieties this year. If you have the ability to really pay attention to every plant, and ensure no disease touches these, you'll probably be really happy with the resulting fruit. If disease resistance is a priority in your garden, I'd recommend other varieties over this one.
Date published: 2017-04-19
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