Answer: You are so lucky to have a plant that blooms! This is not an easy plant to grow well, many people never see blooms at all, so you must be doing everything right or have a truly favorable location. It takes time for a plant to develop caliper and strength, so it is somewhat a matter of patience. It may also reflect how the tree was pruned and trained. Without seeing the tree it is difficult to say specifically, but at this point you should be sure you are not overfertilizing it as this can cause excessively fast and consequently weak top growth. You might want to work with your local county extension to run some soil tests and make sure there is nothing unusual there as well. Also, remember to loosen the ties regularly to accommodate its expanding girth and thus try to avoid damaging the bark. Your county extension and/or professionally trained and certified nurseryman may also ahve some suggestions based on seeing the tree and being familiar with the growing conditions where it is planted. (We are unable to accept photos through this service.) Best of luck with your tree!
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