I would think in San Diego they should do just fine and they do like lots of water. It rains here almost every afternoon here during the summer, just to make sure it’s not only hot and buggy but also muggy. On the days it doesn’t rain, I water them although they can stand to go a day or two without, but then their leaves start to wilt, especially if potted as mine are. They dry out faster.
I lived in the San Fran Bay Area for many years and grew everything. 30 varieties of roses, dahlias, artichokes, giant zucchini, beans, peppers, lots of heritage tomatoes, giant sunflowers with plate size heads, Myers lemons and even corn.
I had a side garden that was shaded that my kids called the Mystery Garden, which was really my north western garden, w rhodendrums, Camilla’s, hydrangea, Japanese peonies and a Passion flower vine that grew over the fence. We had a little table out there with a small water fountain on it and I nestled the rocks I had collected on my travels between the plants. It was a nice and peaceful place to sit.
When I moved to Florida, it was a whole nuther ball of wax. Things I was used to growing in California and when, just wouldn’t grow here. I tried growing tomatoes starting in May, like I used to and they wouldn’t grow. They’d get powdery mild dew in the humidity then other things got to them in their weaken state such as white flies.
You don’t grow tomatoes or much of anything other than watermelons and avocados in the summer in Florida. However as I came to learn there are two growing seasons here, but you have to be right on time. Spring and fall.
For awhile I didn’t grow anything, which isn’t like me, but after my parents both passed I felt very depressed, Because of that, one day I decided I was going to grow orchids and learn more about them and so I did. I had always wanted to grow them anyway, so I decided rather then spending $ on therapy etc, I’d splurge a little on something I had always loved to do, which brought me much pleasure, that being growing things.
So I bought books on how to grow orchids, went to orchid nurseries, shows and bought some young ones off of ebay, mostly from Hawaii, but also a couple of even more exotic ones from places such as Thailand, Vietnam etc.
All in all I probably had about 30. I had developed a bad case of Orchid Madness. I even read novels about them. The Orchid Hunter is truly a fascinating book about the hired orchid hunters from around the world, in Victorian era and old ladies getting busted in London for having possession of them in their basements because only Keslington Gardens was allowed to keep them. The Orchid Thief which was later made into movie ‘Adaption’ with Meryle Streep and Nicolas Cage was about searching for the elusive Ghost Orchid in the Everglades.
I had Hono hona’s, Dendrobium, Cattleya, Laelia, Brassavola, Oncidium, lots of Vandas with long trailing roots, Phalaenopis and many more. There are over 30,000 species of orchids so perhaps I wasn’t too obsessed but I met people who had greenhouses of full of orchids who were. We always clicked. It was their life passion. They would cross breed them in Petri dishes, get refrigerated flasks of spores shipped to them from remote locations and other growers.
(Brought in during a cold spell in Pinellas)
I had my orchids and took good care of them for many years. Fed, watered, transplanted, divided them but unfortunately I lost a lot of them during a move to Northern Florida when I was going back and forth between two houses, and sometimes they were left alone for too long and didn’t get the attention and moisture they needed.
They also didn’t do so well in the more northern climate as even though where I now am is still in Florida, we are above the frost line and it freezes almost nightly here during the winter. Drops at night to the low 30’s high 20’s and then returns to 60-70 during the day.
So now I only have a few survivors.