Four apps to help ID your plants

Want to iden­tify a plant? Need some ad­vice or just want to con­nect with other gar­den­ers? Han­nah Stephen­son checks out some free apps to help you

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - GARDENING AND PETS -

Thanks to mo­bile phones and other dig­i­tal de­vices, we need never come in­side again (weather per­mit­ting) to in­ves­ti­gate the iden­tity of a plant or con­sult our gar­den­ing cal­en­dar — there’s now a plethora of apps to do it for us.

Here are four of the best to save you time and an­swer those gar­den­ing co­nun­drums...

1. SmartPlant (An­droid, IOS, smart­plan­tapp.com)

This app used to be known as Plan­tS­napp, and is among the best of the bunch for plant iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and ad­vice. You take a pic­ture of your plant, or scan the bar­code (part­nered with var­i­ous gar­den cen­tres and nurs­eries) for care in­for­ma­tion, pos­si­ble pests and dis­eases and search­ing for plants to add to your col­lec­tion. It’s also now linked to Alexa. Al­though the app is free, you can upgrade by pay­ing for mem­ber­ship.

2. Gar­den Tags (An­droid, IOS, gar­den­tags.com)

This is com­mu­nity-based, so fel­low green-fin­gered en­thu­si­asts can share their knowl­edge. The com­mu­nity of more than 100,000 gar­den­ers not only helps iden­tify plants, but also of­fers gar­den­ing ad­vice.

3. RHS Grow Your Own (An­droid, IOS, rhs.org. uk/ad­vice/grow-your-own/app)

From the world’s fore­most hor­ti­cul­tural char­ity, this of­fers easy-to-ac­cess ad­vice about ed­i­bles, in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der, with month-by-month grow­ing, plant­ing and har­vest­ing guides, plus in­for­ma­tion on com­mon prob­lems.

4. Gar­den An­swers (An­droid, IOS, gar­de­nan­swers.com)

This easy-to-use plant iden­ti­fier gives you in­stant an­swers from a 20,000-plant data­base. Just take a pic­ture of the plant, or load it from an ex­ist­ing im­age on your phone, and it will come back with an an­swer in sec­onds. For £1.99 you can upgrade to ask a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist for ad­vice.

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