Apple tree baring no fruit

Asked October 21, 2016, 4:34 PM EDT

I've attached a picture of what the former owner says is a 60 year old Summer Rambo apple tree. We moved to this house in Kingsville last year and the tree bloomed and had hundreds of apples. This year it bloomed in the spring but we had no apples. This picture was taken about a 2 weeks ago. The former owner said it always had apples. My husband chopped a few limbs off but that was it. So did we not prune, was it too wet? We have to fertilize an established tree...???

Baltimore County Maryland fruit no fruit apple tree

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There may be several reasons for no fruit such as low temperatures, low light, spring frost damage to buds, poor pollination, etc. Look at our publication on pome fruit for more causes and symptoms http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG76_IPM%20Pome%20Fr...
Apples are not an easy crop to grow as they are susceptible to disease and insect problems and eventually require a spray schedule for control. See our website for growing information, fertilization, and spray schedules http://extension.umd.edu/growit/fruit-profiles/apples
http://extension.umd.edu/growit/fruit-general-disease-and-insect-pest-control-recommendations
https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/456/456-018/Section03-Home-Fruit-Disease-and-Insects.pdf
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