I'm super happy to share with you that one of our Hawaiian papaya has blossoms...in San Diego! And blossoms mean fruit...hopefully! I LOVE papayas!
This tree was grown from a seed that I saved from a sunrise papaya. I purchased the fruit at a Kauai farmers market. The tree is almost 2 years old and is just over 5 feet high. I've been growing papayas for about five years and this is the first one to flower. I currently have 3 other trees...with luck they'll flower too.
Papayas are easy to grow from seed. They at least two weeks to germinate so don't be discouraged if you don't see a sprout right away. Once it sprouts the plant grows very fast. They like full sun to partial shade. I water mine every other day and fertilize twice a month.
Our weather tends to stay warm through November. We'll see if it has time to fruit. I'll keep you all posted as to how it does here in San Diego. Wish me luck!