Yes, California is enjoying a long spell of warm dry weather - in Winter. And folks who went through the polar vortex might scoff at our 'lows' in the high 20's. Those temps do make growing tropicals a real chore.
Is there a better way to enjoy tropicals without the hassle of growing them then visiting? Absolutely! Visit and volunteer.
I spent part of my trip to Puerto Vallarta on Playas Gemelas helping release new born turtles. When the turtles lay their eggs in summer, the community places them in a nearby poolhouse to protect them from beach activity. When they hatch, there are turtle release ceremonies!
Watching a baby turtle waddle off into the giant ocean was awesome and a bit emotional.