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
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.