Testing and developing nutrient diagnosis methods, which can result in the optimum production of fruits, is of significance. The nutritional balance and requirements of almond (Prunus sp.) orchards, in the city of Saman (province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Iran, one of the biggest producers of almond in the country), were investigated using the methods of diagnosis and recommendation integrated system (DRIS) and deviation from optimum percentage (DOP) in a two-year research. Using 36 gardens along the Zayandehrud River in a 60-km distance, soil physical and chemical properties, as well as leaf micro-and macro-nutrient contents were determined. Similar plant samples (leaf+petiole) in terms of age, genotype and rootstock were collected from the unfruitful trees. The most deficient nutrients including S, Cu, Zn and Mn were indicated by the DRIS and DOP methods. However, according to the DRIS method Mg, and according to the DOP method N, K and Mg were...

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