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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 315.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disapointed Loved the idea of a big sauce tomato, I've grown it for 3 years, big tomatoes but the get very soft, some on the vine, disease prone. Not buying any more. Big mama and Gladiator are much better choices
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great when you have a good year, inconsistent. These tomatoes are great some years and mediocre others. The good years keep me coming back to order them. Huge tasty 2 lb tomatoes when they grow well. 2017 growing year they grew well for a couple months then the top shoots wilted and stopped growing. Harvest was less than average, the better boy outpaced super sauce.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best tomato plant We purchased this variety last year & couldn't have been more pleased. They were slow to start but that happens often here with the hot Oklahoma summers & we typically get most of our tomato production late summer/early fall. We exceeded our goal for 30 jars of tomato soup, 15 jars pasta sauce, 10 jars rotel & had more than enough for snacking/immediate use. They lasted for about 2 months on my counter when winter came! We had 6 plants in our garden & will continue to purchase this variety!
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad but not great either Cons- Disease resistance is bad. Early blight hit it hard! Growth habit is messy. There is no main stem. Well there is in the beginning but then it just throws suckers out of every where. Don't bother trying to find the main stem or even a sucker or 2 to let grow it is truly pointless. I have never see any tomato grow like this. Don't bother with staking it will need a whole different system to keep it off the ground. This not a beginner tomato! Pro- All of my seeds germinated all of the plants made it in to my garden all grew well except 1. The fruit produced was massive! A few were over 2 lbs! The taste was great! I made tuns of sauce. I will grow these again. But I will deal with them differently this year
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great results and held their own I planted these for the first time in 2017, we had a very wet spring and summer, with cooler than normal temps and my garden was infected with black spot. All the other tomato plant varieties died off, but this guy held strong and kept producing tomato's. It did develop black spots on the leaves, and some leaves curled and fell off near the bottom where it was wet, but it kept producing tomato's. It was the last plant standing in my garden by summers end, and because of it, I was able to make my salsa and sauce.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did Burpee package the incorrect seeds??? So I am a fairly experienced gardener and was intrigued by this particular tomato. Early last year I ordered it (seeds) as the Roma's and Marzano's I have grown in the past were smaller and the advertisement for a large tomato sauce tomato lured me. The tomatoes which actually grew were anything but "roma-like" looking like tomato sauce tomato's. They looked like a typical "big-boy" table tomato - nothing like the "roma tomato" in the advertisements. I started to have self-doubt wondering if I had missed mention of the need to keep these separate from other tomatoes to prevent cross-pollination. I actually never grew any other sauce tomatoes last year and was very disappointed. I had it in mind to call Burppee about this but never did. Has anyone else experienced this? ie, the tomato that actually grew looking anything but like the huge Romas advertised?? To be fair, I do plan on ordering the seeds for this variety again this year as I could not explain why the tomato's which I grew were so different from the pictures advertised - nothing anywhere near a "Roma" tomato. I had to answer "no" as to whether I would recommend to a friend but would have preferred an answer of "not sure". If anyone from Burppee reads this and can offer comment to me I would certainly appreciate it. Mark B West Grove PA
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge tomatoes! Grew these in 2017. Wow! These tomatoes are huge and have great flavor. I canned them and some of them barely fit into a wide-mouth pint jar! I am buying these seeds again. I will never grow a puny sauce tomatoes again after growing these.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My mainstay canner! I have been growing these from seed for a few years and almost always have had good results. Last year was a difficult year for our tomatoes with some wacky weather. The super sauce grew well to a point then stopped. They did produce quite a few large tomatoes, but they didn’t get as red in past years. I still canned them in various forms, and I’m back this year to give them another go. They have very good flavor, they are super meaty, and yes, many of them are big enough to fill a pint jar! I had one a couple years ago that over filled a pint jar!
Date published: 2018-01-23
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