Some generally good pointers but, alot has to do with your specific zone and soils conditions.
I planted 10 new rhisomes this year and 8 of them have exceed the limits of my 14 foot tall trellis. Furthermore, they are all blooming as well. Best guess estimate appears that there is already about 2 to 3 pounds of wet cones forming on these first year plants.
So, to say not to "expect" a lot of growth or blooms is valid but, the opposite is entirely possible.
As for sun, that too is a "generally valid" statement which is largely dependent on your zone. Right now in Zone 7 on the 35 parralell we are having nice warm, mild, somewhat moist climate conditions but, very soon we will be having windy, dry, blast furnace type heat. Triple digits in July is not a rarity here. Couple that with full sun exposure and you get marginal burning, sometimes mildly scorched leaves. Even with routine waterings.
If it gets too hot and dry in your area it's entirely possible that the moisture in the upper reaches of the plant can evaporate before the plant can replenish. Thus, in that climate some shade is benificial.
Not much to argue about with respect to nutrients. But be warned with chemical fertilizers as too much, especially in hot conditions, can burn easily.
One thing I practice that it seems few others do is "Foliar Feeding". That is a dilute mixture of fertilizer (compost tea prefferred) applied in the evening when temps are cooler (but not too late that the water will stay on too long) directly to the leaves. I use a 2 gallon garden sprayer. This promotes healthy green foliage to all parts of the plant and can provide a boost to those parts that take the longest to reach via normal root system pathways.