Tomato, Supertasty Hybrid
The name says it all! A favorite at our taste trials every year.
Days To Maturity
6-8 weeks BLF
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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 till 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.
Days To Maturity70 daysFruit Weight7-9 ouncesSunFull SunSpread18 inchesHeight36-40 inchesSow MethodIndoor SowPlanting TimeSpringSow Time6-8 weeks BLFThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Tomato, Supertasty Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 16.Rated 5 out of 5 by pappamasi from supertasty what I want out of a tomato is great taste,disease resistance ,yield,,not too much ,right ! But supertasty delivers all these plus manageable plant size, cool humid springs here on cape cod are tough on tomatoes , but supertasty shines here, I have been growing this variety since it was introduced, and it is my main crop.Date published: 2015-11-21Rated 5 out of 5 by Xxrex from Lives up to the Supertasty name! I had high hopes for this tomato. I have loved the Brandyboy hybrid in the past and planted an equal amount along with this Supertasty. These things are prolific and I've got tons of them ripening. Tried the first one tonight on a sandwich and my tongue is still tingling. If you like a tangy acidic tomato then this baby is for you. It really wakes up a sandwich and is a great topping for flatbread or bruschetta. I am very pleased with these tomatoes and it's a good thing because this plant produces like nothing I've seen before.Date published: 2015-07-05Rated 5 out of 5 by minnesotagardener from Rave Reviews Supertasty tomatoes have the best flavor of any tomato we have ever grown! We have been growing this variety since Burpee introduced it and have never been disappointed. The tomatoes are meaty, large (most around 4" diameter) and very flavorful. They are also beautiful to look at and blemish free. We grow them in central MN which is zone 3-4, planting them at the end of May and they keep producing until frost, around early Oct. They get quite tall so I suggest caging them. Everyone we share them with raves about the amazing flavor. One will fill the entire slice of bread for a BLT. You won't be disappointed with this one!Date published: 2014-12-30Rated 1 out of 5 by Jnyangel from Sad results I've been growing tomatoes all my life and having moved to a condo 7 years ago - I do all container gardening. I've had great success with many of Burpees tomatoes. Wanting to try something new I grew 'Supertastys" last year along side my all time favorite "Sweet tangerines". The Sweet tangerine" did extremely well and produced an abundance of sweet delicious golden slicing tomatoes all season till frost. The Supertasys' were very slow to produce - took forever to ripen and got bottom rot so I had to throw out more than I harvested - the taste was so - so. The sweet tangerines grew in containers right next to them - using same watering a fertilizing techniques and were completely disease free - great tasting -great producers. So it should be fairly clear this is an inferior tomato. Perhaps they might yield better further south - but not good for the north's short - wet seasons.Date published: 2014-02-08Rated 5 out of 5 by Orchidman from REALLY Love this one! Have grown this one 2 years in a row with similar success each year. Seems slow to get established, but then it produces like mad. The flavor, texture, complexity, of the consistent size is simply wonderful. AND it produced up until October (2010). And the fruit hangs very well on the vine, better than others I have grown, even in rainy weather. Don't know why other tomato growers haven't found this one yet! Give it a try.Date published: 2011-08-19Rated 5 out of 5 by HappyWhenGardening from Best Tomato I've Ever Grown... Plants arrived the end of April, beautifully packaged. Planted them in a raise bed with soil from my garden and some organic compost. It is now mid-August, and I have been collecting anywhere from 12 - 24 tomato's every 2 days (some of them have been more than 2 lbs.). And btw, no Miracle-Gro this year, only Seaweed. Can's say enough about how wonderful these tomato's are...they look exactly like the picture...have made salsa, panzanella salad, tomato sauce, and more tomato sandwiches than I care to admit :) No question, will be growing these again next year!!!Date published: 2011-08-14Rated 5 out of 5 by ted295 from excellent in containers I've had gardens of various sizes for the past 35 years. I had very good results with these plants in regular gardens and have excellent results in containers. Much better than other varieties I have tried. Good feeding is essential. If buying plants, must plant right away.Date published: 2010-03-26Rated 4 out of 5 by whitecloudfarm from Good Solid Tomatoe We have had good success with this tomato. We have a large garden and grow around 45-50 tomato plants a year. The tomatoes are a good medium size, and don't crack. We get early blight often and the SuperTasty stands up to it moderately well. Good flavor. We plant it every year.Date published: 2009-12-14