Parsley is a biennial plant from the Apiaceae family that is used in the food, pharmaceutical, perfume and cosmetic industries. This plant has various mineral such as Fe and vitamins including A, B and C and grown in most parts of the world. Nano-fertilizers are a good alternative to sulfated fertilizers due to their higher solubility and gradual release of particles than conventional fertilizers. In order to investigate the effect of foliar application zinc on growth and yield of parsley, an experiment based on randomized complete blocks with 6 treatments and three replications was performed in the experimental field of Imam Khomeini Higher Agricultural Education Center. Treatments included foliar application of Nano zinc chelate fertilizer (0.5, 1 and 1.5 g/L) and zinc sulfate (1 and 1.5 g/L). The foliar application was performed in 4 to 6 leaf stage and repeated every 14 days till before harvesting. Number of leaves, plant height, leaf area, leaf length and width, fresh and dry weight of leaves and stems were measured. The results showed that the highest amount of the mentioned traits was obtained in the foliar application of 1.5 g/L Nano zinc chelate fertilizer and the lowest values were obtained at the control treatment. It is noteworthy that there is no significant difference between 1 and 1.5 g/L Nano zinc chelate fertilizer in terms fresh and dry weight of leaves and stems and both treatments are statistically in the same group. Therefore, foliar application of 1 g/L Nano zinc chelate fertilizer is economically recommended.
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