SMARTPLANT (An­droid, IOS, smart­plan­tapp.com)

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WANT to iden­tify a plant? Need some ad­vice or just want to con­nect with other gar­den­ers?

checks out four free apps to help you.

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THIS is among the best of the bunch for plant iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and ad­vice.

You take a pic­ture of your plant, or scan the bar­code of a plant you’ve bought, to give you monthly care in­for­ma­tion, iden­ti­fy­ing main­te­nance needs, pos­si­ble pests and dis­eases and search for plants to add to your col­lec­tion. It also has a dig­i­tal care cal­en­dar.

It’s linked to Ama­zon’s Alexa, who can give you care ad­vice for your plants, or de­scribe a spe­cific plant. You can also pay for mem­ber­ship which gives you un­lim­ited chat ac­cess to hor­ti­cul­tural ex­perts, plant care ad­vice and no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

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GAR­DEN TAGS (An­droid, IOS, gar­den­tags.com)

CON­NECT with other gar­den­ers with this com­mu­nity-based app.

The com­mu­nity of more than 100,000 gar­den­ers not only helps iden­tify plants, but of­fers ad­vice, tips and ways to tackle tasks, as well as sug­gest­ing how to deal with pests.

You can share your suc­cesses and fail­ures with a cap­tive au­di­ence, who’ll be quick to en­cour­age, sym­pa­thise and help.

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RHS GROW YOUR OWN (An­droid, IOS, rhs.org.uk/ad­vice/ grow-your-own/app)

OF­FERS easy-to-ac­cess ad­vice about all man­ner of ed­i­bles, in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der, month-by­month grow­ing, plant­ing and har­vest­ing guides, plus in­for­ma­tion about com­mon prob­lems, along with help in choos­ing va­ri­eties de­pend­ing on space, time you have to tend your crops and your ex­pe­ri­ence.

It also of­fers re­minders of what to do when.

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GAR­DEN AN­SWERS (An­droid, IOS, gar­de­nan­swers.com)

EASY-TO-USE plant iden­ti­fier, that gives you an in­stant an­swer from its 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.

Many apps can help ID a plant via a photo

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