Tuber Shape Round to Oval
Eyes Shallow evenly distributed eyes
Skin Red
Flesh White
Plant Large sized upright vine with lavender flowers
Sangre is an early, medium-maturing, fresh market red potato released in 1982 by Colorado State University (APJ 59:435-437,1982). It is considered excellent for baking and boiling and ranks high in taste tests. It has a relatively high level of Vitamin C (20.0mg/l00gm fresh weight basis).

Plant/roots This cultivar is slow emerging with a medium vine and lavender flower. Sangre has a determinate growth habit and a moderate to shallow, concentrated root system.

Tubers are white fleshed, oval and smooth with a deep red skin color; eyes are shallow and well distributed; low specific gravity (1.077).

Yields potential 400 to 450 cwt. range; three selections; Sangre 10, Sangre 11 and Sangre 14, have a slightly later maturity and 50 to 1 00 cwt./acre higher yield potential.


Pre-planting considerations Tubers have a medium to long dormancy; either single drop or cut seed is acceptable. When using cut seed, be aware of the potential for serious seed piece decay caused by Erwinia bacteria. Adequate warming of seed (at least seven to 1 0 days at 65 F) prior to planting is essential to obtain uniform emergence. Relatively close seed spacing may help optimize yield and tuber size. Plant seed 2 to 4 inches deep with a good hill cover. Since Sangre has a relatively fast growth rate, later planting dates may be selected without compromising yield potential. However, the time required for skin set can be a week longer than other cultivars.

Fertility (soil test basis; lbs/acre)

Apply total fertilizer in the following range: N(l30-160#), P(l20-200#), K(O-60#). Performance in alkaline soils is poor. Pre-plant incorporated N should be from 90 to 100#. Early season N applications do not adversely affect the timing of tuberization. During early season rapid growth, the upper whorl of leaves on the plant will often be yellow-green; this is not a disease problem. Sprinkler applied N should be in the 40 to 60# range at a rate of 20# per application.

Irrigation Irrigation interval at the maximum ET is 2.5 days. Drought tolerance is moderate. Water use drops dramatically during vine maturation, so careful monitoring is essential to prevent late season overwatering and potential tuber decay caused by Pythium and Phytophthora.

Pest control

Weeds Competition against weeds is good. Sangre is sensitive to metribuzin and post emerge applications of Dual.

Insects Standard insect control measures generally are effective.

Fungicides Control of foliar early blight usually requires two to four fungicide applications.

Tuber/bulking Tuber set is heavy, somewhat shallow and localized in the hill. Tuberization occurs early and tubers bulk at a rapid rate early in the season. Tubers are resistant to second growth and moderately resistant to hollow heart, growth cracks and blackspot.

Vine kill Average days from planting to vine kill are 1 05 to 1 1 0. Vine killing is required in most years; can be easily accomplished once mature. Adequate skin set occurs within 1 8 to 26 days. Oversized tubers can be a problem so carefully monitor the crop after the first week of August.


Sangre stores well with few problems and sprouting is minimal. Growers have observed that Sangre's red color tends to fade during long-term storage.


Overall disease problems are minimal. Bacterial ring rot foliar symptom expression is intense and occur 70 to 80 days after planting. Tuber symptoms often accompany foliage expression. Erwinia caused bacterial soft rot can be a problem in storage if foliage blackleg incidence is high.

Excessive applications of water late in the season can create serious problems with leak. This cultivar rarely has problems with viruses in the field because of low aphid preference.

Field Storage
Foliar early blight: Susceptible Tuber early blight Moderate Resistant
Verticillium wilt: Susceptible Bacterial soft rot Moderately Susceptible
Blackleg Susceptible Fusarium dry rot Moderatley Susceptible
Seedpiece decay Susceptible Leak (Pythium) Susceptible
Leafroll virus Moderately Resistant Pink rot (Phytophthora) Susceptible
Leafroll Net necrosis Resistant Silver scurf Susceptible
PVY, PVX Moderately Resistant Rhizoctonia scurf Moderate Susceptible
Bacterial ring rot Susceptible
Common Scab Moderately Resistant

Disease reaction ratings susceptible, moderately susceptible, moderate, moderately resistant and resistant.

Note: This information should only be used as a guide. Adjustments for local conditions must always be made.