For those gardeners who have smart mobile devices, there’s a massive amount of information now available to you ‘on the go’. This can be particularly helpful when trying to identify plants, pests or weeds.

Gardening apps are getting better all the time, supplanting manuals and textbooks as the way people dig for information. Many university Extension services are developing digital aids to extend outreach to clients. This is helpful when we’re searching for reliable, research-based information, as its always wise to have a critical eye when searching online.

Here are some links to current applications (updated Jan 2019) to get you started. Do your research to find the best and least expensive options. Look for online reviews as most apps have been tested and rated by other gardeners.

 

Diagnosis:

  • Plant Doctor app suite developed by Purdue Extension features diagnostic apps for gardeners that provide solutions to problems for perennial and annual flowers, tomatoes, turf grass, and trees.
  • Garden Answers IOS and Android – image recognition technology can instantly identify over 20,000 plants. And if you’re concerned about a plant disease or insect infestation, you can use the keyword search feature within Garden Answers. It contains answers to over 200,000 commonly asked plant questions.

Identification:

  • IDWeeds – IOS or Android – produced by the University of Missouri. IDWeeds allows you to search for weeds by their common or Latin name, view a list or identify weeds based upon a number of different characteristics. Details and photographs of each weed are specified.
  • PlantSnap – IOS and Android – Identify plants, flowers, cacti, succulents, and mushrooms. Claims to Identify 90% of all known species of plants and trees and has 585,000 species in the searchable database.
  • Leafsnap – IOS & Android -developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.
  • Plantifier – upload a photo of an unknown plant and the users of the MyGarden.org community will try to recognize and give you an answer quickly and free of charge
  • Pl@ntNet – a tool to help identify plants with pictures. It is organized in specific databases

Growing guides and Plant Care:

  • Garden Compass – Plant identification and care
  • Garden Tracker – this app lets you size and plan your garden plot, plant your vegetables in up to 50×50 squares, and then track their progress.
  • Garden Plan Pro part of the GrowVeg.com garden planning suite with drawing tools and a big database to allow you to design your garden layout, rearrange plants and track progress
  • GrowIt! – an app with a social focus – show off your plants, or find something that will work in your garden by connecting with others
  • SmartPlant – IOS & Android- Load your plants into a personalized digital garden and they tell you how to care for them with custom care calendar notifications

Learning, Science and Young Gardeners:

  • Toca Lab: Plants” aims to encourage children’s’ interest in gardening. It helps kids discover scores of plants with differing personalities and even allows them to create new species
  • Focus on Plant – IOS – is an educational app that can help users to learn the basic knowledge of Plant Science in an easy way. The content of the app covers the five basic areas of Plant Science, including the plant parts, the plant cell, the plant physiology, the life cycle of plants and the plant evolution. Designed with the beautiful interactive illustrations and charts, the app makes the learning touchable and fun.
  • Plant quiz – Plant Quiz is a fun game that helps you learn 150 plants from gardens around the world. It won’t teach you how to garden, but it’ll keep you entertained while your plants grow!

Naturalists:

  • iNaturalist – is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world. Help create a living record to allow experts to monitor changes in biodiversity and assist everyone in learning more about nature.
  • Audubon Bird Guide – a free and complete field guide to over 800 species of North American birds. Built for all experience levels, it will help you identify the birds around you, keep track of the birds you’ve seen, and get outside to find new birds near you.
  • Bee Smart Pollinator Gardener – a comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your area