Best places other than SoCal for fruit growing?
I'm in DC area now... thinking of relocating to another hospital. Besides for west coast (Sacramento, San Diego, etc.) what other places would be a big upgrade from the DC area?
Drier climate for pest free (plums, vinifera grapes...) and milder winters (expanding pomegranate varietes, apricots, loquats, in ground citrus...) would be nice.
Should the southwest also be on my list? Trying to still be at an academic hospital so big university nearby would be a plus. I don't know anything about Florida (humidity not an issue here for my fruit desires?--the tropical fruits aren't a priority for me.), Texas, New Mexico, Arizona... but I have to think those are all upgrades?