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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.

Container

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

Indeterminate

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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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.
Type
Container
Fruit Bearing
Indeterminate
Days To Maturity
70 days
Fruit Weight
22-32 ounces
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
38 inches
Height
45 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
Thin
6 inches
Tomato, SuperSauce Hybrid is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 267.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hopefully 3rd times the charm I have grown these tomatoes for the past 2 years. My first year my plants were amazing. Huge fruit, great for sauce and tons of tomatoes. I did fight some blossom rot but overall great tomato. Last year on the other hand had 0 luck. Started about 30 plants from seed. 3/4 died off before transplant. The ones that were transplanted I ended up with 4 that survived to produce. I think with those I got 10 tomatoes total in September. I am giving it one last shot simce my first year was so good that hopefully this years seeds will be like the 1st year.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Diseased seeds I tried growing these 2 years in a row and the seedlings just died. The seeds had some sort of disease. The Big Mama seeds also had this same problem. I grew plum regals from another seed catalog in the same starting soil and had no problems. Buyer Beware!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good yields! A very good plum tomato for canning or making homemade sauces. Germinates well and was a good producer the last two years. Will be growing it again this year as well.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Massive tomatoes averaging over 16oz! This was the second year I planted this variety. Positives on review: Massive fruit, fantastic flavor and texture. Stores well. Negatives on review: I recommend this variety for expert planters. This hybrid is very susceptible to disease and requires perfect nutrients and consistent moisture. Produces best in hoophouse where water can be controlled (not overhead) to reduce blossom end rot. Average size between 10oz and 18oz fruit.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge Sauce Tomatoes Make A Lot Of Sauce I have grown these tomatoes for the last three years and will continue to grow them until someone can grow bigger, better tasting tomatoes. The only complaint that I have about this variety is that the when the seeds germinate they seem like very weak plants. However, the sooner you can get them into regular soil the better they will be. Each year we have made salsa, sauce, and soup with them. They have few seeds and the skin is relatively thin. They are definately indeterminate as the first year I pruned them and kept them super healthy and had 7ft tall tomato plants. The tomatoes seem to ripen a little slower than most, but as big as they are the wait is worth it.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Sauce is a fantastic canning tomato Bought these for 2016 growing season. Wanted to see for myself if these tomatoes were all that everyone said they were. Wow! We even had neighbors come up to our garden to look. They couldn't believe what the were seeing from the street. Now, they all want these tomatoes! We made the best sauce ever. More than 10 gallons. Yes, you read it right. More than 10 gallons of sauce from one package of 25 seeds. Plus, we had plenty to eat in salads etc. I'll never buy another sauce tomato. This year I'll plant more! So, that I can share with our family and friends.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super sauce hybrid While the description claims to fill a canning jar with one tomato, I did not find the yield per tomato to be that spectacular. However, I live in MN and nothing grows to the capacity described. This tomato had excellent vigor, great flavor, and something to show off!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Has Great Potential I have planted the SuperSauce for 2 years now, the first year I lost all 30 tomato plants to blight, but I could see that these tomatoes would have been huge so I decided to plant them again the following year. They grew and I did get some good tomatoes. They were not great though. They took forever to grow and then turn red, while my Beefsteaks were producing like crazy these just did not do good. The tomato itself can grow quite large, they just did not grow like I expected.
Date published: 2017-01-03
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