Santa Clara Canner Tomato Seed


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Santa Clara Canner Tomato Seed (84 days)

Sustainably Grown/Approx. 25 seeds per pkg.


Believed to have originated in Italy, it was one the first tomatoes launching the canning industry in California.  It was named by F.A. Dixon on behalf of the Canners League of California in 1926.  (See the scanned catalog page from Morse's 1930 seed catalog)

High yielding as you would expect from an industry canner tomato.  A beefsteak in shape producing fruit from 2"-4" wide and around 13 ounces in weight.  The flavor is well balanced and rich.  Excellent in saute's or canning.  Many folks eat Santa Clara Canner fresh as well, its so darn good.  

Santa Clara Canner is famed for making a creamy, intense tomato sauce unlike other canning tomatoes. 

California Grown Heirloom Seed
What can you say?  This tomato has been selected for performance here in California since 1923.  This is a premier canning tomato for Californians.  It of course did well in our gardens here, not as heavy in production as Romalina or Opalka. Just remember it is a late producer and plan for canning accordingly.  

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¼" - ½" 250-300 70-85 6-9 60" 18-36" 75 lb. Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Tomatoes:

Most gardeners want to get the most out of these delicious heirloom tomatoes and therefore give them a head start on the growing season.  Start these vegetable seeds indoors in sterile potting mix, being sure to keep the temperature above 70 degrees.  Some people prefer to use a grow pad, but the top of the fridge has been known to be quite effective as well. 

Once the first true leaves appear on your tomato seedlings, transplant into 4" pots until you have completely hardened them off in the garden.  Hardening is a process of exposing the plants more and more to outside temperature until they are hardy enough to tolerate a complete outdoor move.  Generally speaking, by early summer heirloom tomatoes should be transplated into the garden.

Most heirloom varieties are quite productive and will greatly benefit from sturdy supports.  It may also be advisable to add blood and bone meal to the worked soil to help ensure healthy productive heirloom tomatoes.

Seed Care tips for Heirloom Tomato Seeds:

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


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