I planted some last year and babied them, and most of them died. I think they drowned. I have 2 of my original 7 alive this year. This year's first years I just put in the ground. They seem to be doing better with benign neglect. Someone on here pointed out that these things grow as weeds many decades after they are no longer cultivated. So far, benign neglect as befits a weed is working better for me. I have barely watered mine at all, though we too have had a wet year. My first year Centennials have grown to about 20 feet, and are setting lots of cones. The Goldings and Chinooks are also pretty tall, and are setting a few cones. The Willamettes have grown well, but not flowered. The various others (Nugget, Perle, Glacier, Mount Hood, and Northern Brewer) are bringing up the rear.