Some hops just grow better in certain regions than others. My Goldings have always lagged behind all the others even after 3 years. Cascades have been vigorous from year one. Followed by Chinook, centennial, and then Willamette. Actually the most vigorous growers I have are an unknown variety a friend found growing at an old farmstead. They are beasts. Sadly I can't say I am in love with their characteristics.