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PlantFiles: Spanish Melon
Cucumis melo var. inodorus 'Piel de Sapo'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo var. inodorus
Cultivar: Piel de Sapo
Additional cultivar information: (aka Toad Skin)

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive martymco On Mar 23, 2009, martymco from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I grew this plant last summer, it was late when I planted it, probably in June 08. I grew it in a half wine barrel, the plant did fine,I was able to pick only one melon before the frost killed the plant. The flesh was very sweet. I will be growing this again this summer.

Neutral Farmerdill On Mar 3, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

.110 days. Oval, 8" long fruit, skin mottled green and yellow, somewhat like a toad’s skin. Sweet, white flesh has a very good taste; one of the earlier maturing winter melons, but still rather late. Very rare, from Spain.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Rocky Ford, Colorado
Clayton, Georgia
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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