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Spanish Melon 'Piel de Sapo'

Cucumis melo var. inodorus

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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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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Rocky Ford, Colorado

Clayton, Georgia

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.