How Much to Plant

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To further determine how many tomato plants you ideally need, it helps to take a look at your current eating habits.  For example if you typically have an Italian dish using spaghetti sauce every other week, you’ll likely need around 26 quarts.

Assuming a 10 pound yield on your tomato plants, at 30 pounds per 7 quarts, you will need about 128 pounds of tomatoes, which means you’ll need to grow approximately 13 plants.  This should meet your spaghetti sauce canning goal of 26 quarts.

According to the USDA National Center for Food Preservation, you’ll need:

  • 35 pounds of tomatoes for 7 quarts of thin Tomato Sauce
  • 46 pounds of tomatoes for 7 quarts of thick Tomato Sauce
  • 23 pounds of tomatoes for 7 quarts of Tomato Juice
  • 22 pounds of tomatoes for 7 quarts of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 24 pounds of tomatoes for 7 quarts of Tomato Ketchup
  • 21 pounds of tomatoes for 7 quarts of Whole or Halved Tomatoes
  • 30 pounds of tomatoes for 7 quarts of Spaghetti Sauce

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