Plant identification and advice at your fingertips: 3 of the best free gardening apps

    Plant identification and advice at your fingertips: 3 of the best free gardening apps

    By Hannah Stephenson. Published 2020-11-13

    BOLD-Technology

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


    Thanks to the advent of 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.These days we are just a green-fingered tap away from being able to identify plants, connect with a wider gardening community, find out how to tackle plant disease and pest control, and organise our gardening calendar.Here are three of the best apps to save you time and answer those gardening conundrums…

    1. Garden Tags (Android, IOS, you can find the app here )

    embedded1382888.jpgThis site is a great way to connect with other gardeners as it’s community-based, so fellow green-fingered enthusiasts can share their knowledge with you.The community of more than 100,000 gardeners not only helps identify plants, but offers gardening 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. Unlike other apps, when you take a picture of your plant it will ask you to share it with the community or with friends on Facebook and Twitter for identification or advice. You can tag a question with the picture and then just wait for the community’s response.

    2. RHS Grow Your Own (Android, IOS, found here )

    embedded1382909.jpgFrom the world’s foremost horticultural charity comes this helpful app, which does what it says on the tin.It offers easy-to-access advice about all manner of edibles, in alphabetical order, month-by-month 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.

    3. Garden Answers (Android, IOS, gardenanswers.com found at this link

    embedded1382921.jpgThis is a really 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. I found it wasn’t always completely accurate, but most of the time it got it right. And it’s quick, so you’re not waiting around in your garden for a response.

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