Best Gardening Apps

Best Gardening Apps

If you’re like us, you need a little help when it comes to gardening. Even the greenest thumb needs to hit the books every now and again when flowers and plants start to fail and when fruits and veggies stall. Thankfully, a multitude of gardening apps can help you make the most of your garden, whether you’re growing tomatoes, flowers, or nutritious vegetables.

From apps that help you catalog your garden to helpful guides on how to make the most of your harvest, we’ve curated the best gardening apps available today.

1. What’s That Flower?

Find out the name of any flower you see in your neighborhood or in a walk through the park with What’s That Flower? Choose a flower’s color, habitat, and number of petals, and your options narrow from more than 1,000 items, after which you can browse the list to identify the flower you see. You can also use the app to help you pick which flowers you want to plant in your own garden. You need an internet connection to run this app, and removing ads costs $1. Searching by photo costs $3, though — or just use the app’s basic features free of charge.

Devices: iOS, Android

2. Garden Tags

This popular gardening app — great for design inspiration — is home to a large community of friendly gardeners who are quick to offer care advice, identification help, and handy tips. You can keep a photographic journal of your garden and get reminders about pruning, or advice on the best spots for growth. You can also search the encyclopedia, see what’s popular, and follow other gardeners when you find plants and gardens that you really like. Recent versions add plant recognition features to help you quickly identify plants. Just point GardenTags at a flower or leaf and select Identify and Add plant, and the app will find the plant name. The app also updated how to manage privacy and communication settings and let you set up your gardening task schedule according to your climate. Premium users on monthly, annual, or six-month plans can now change the season or frequency of various plant care tasks. Updated versions offer pinch and zoom gestures for plant and garden photos, the ability to date stamp your photos, and new badges added to your profile.

Devices: iOS, Android

3. Moon & Garden

Moon & Garden takes a unique lunar approach to planting and harvesting fruits, vegetables, and herbs in your organic garden. Using a biodynamic method, the app relies on the phases of the moon to advise you of actions you can take in caring for your garden for the following day. The app approaches gardening from a position that plants depend on lunar phases like full moon or new moon for successful sowing, repotting, transplanting, and harvesting, depending on the type of fruit, flower, or leaf you have. The app reveals not only the current phase of the moon and the zodiac sign, but also the weather forecast for determining optimal gardening conditions. The app lets you schedule your gardening tasks with its reminder feature and share your pictures with other Moon & Garden users via the Community feature. The app is free, but for $1 you can remove ads. The new version lets you sign in via Google or Facebook.

Devices: iOS, Android

4. GrowIt!

GrowIt allows you to join an enthusiastic community of gardeners, helping you to find inspiration, gather information, and share your own cultivations with the world.  This gardening app is good if you want to find out what plants will grow well in your local area. You’ll also find useful advice cataloged in projects or you can add your own. You can even ask the community to help you identify specific plants and rate other people’s gardens and check out the most beautiful ones out there if you seek more ideas. Recent upgrades let you zoom in on plant cards and images in questions for easier horticultural identification, share a plant card, navigate to another member’s profile, and get updated search results, improved mapping, and more. New features include videos, letting you offer a tour of your houseplants. Share a 360-degree view of that mystery item in your yard and get ID help from the community.

Devices: iOS, Android

5. Garden Answers Plant Identifier

With Garden Answers Plant Identifier, you can snap a photo of a plant you want to identify and submit it to the app’s experts to find out what it is. It can automatically recognize more than 20,000 plants and if it can’t identify the plant in question, you can pay $2 to get an expert identification from a botanist with additional information and advice on its care. This app also identifies pests and has a robust Q&A section that covers more than 200,000 of the most common gardening queries. Recent updates expand the community function by letting you share your questions with the app’s Garden Answers community, in addition to streamlined plant ID and onboarding features, ad-free service, the ability to access all your questions and answers within the app, and enhanced answers to questions. Thanks to new plant recognition technology, the app promises instant answers to your questions.

Devices: iOS, Android

6. Gardenize

Gardenize helps you keep track of all the plants in your garden and offers information on how to care for them, including location, crop rotation, and yearly tracking of plants and crops. You can keep notes and photos of your plants in a single place. A dynamic news feed gives you perspective on how to keep your garden beautiful and healthy. Different sections of the app specialize in plants, types of flower beds or raised beds, and tasks such as watering, fertilizing, or harvesting. Document your plant development from seed to full-grown plant, track the condition of the soil and duration of sunlight, and keep a running narrative of your garden with up-to-date photos. You can create a public or private account so friends can follow you and you can track gardens worldwide. The most recent version lets you use the app to drop in on your friends’ gardens as well as public gardens. The app is free; however, if you want to export or download your information, you can choose to pay for up to 30 exports as PDFs, spreadsheets, or photo galleries.

Devices: iOS, Android

7. SmartPlant

This app, previously called PlantSnapp, is targeted to both gardeners and general plant owners. It features a vast plant library, but the real attraction is the ability to snap and upload a picture of a plant — or pest — and have an expert gardener identify it for you. You can also create a care calendar when you tag your plants to a list on the app. Consequently, you’ll receive alerts reminding you of your plant maintenance duties for the month so that your plants stay in good shape. 

Connecting with plant experts is a premium feature, but you do get free stuff both when you download the app and every month so that you can connect to the experts even without a monthly, quarterly, or annual premium account. SmartPlant has teamed up with several commercial vendors so that if you scan plant barcodes at retail partners, you get all kinds of goodies like monthly care, or a free premium membership trial, and more. The latest care calendar provides the bonus of an interactive checklist in which you can mark plant maintenance duties as complete once you finish them. 

Devices: iOS, Android

8. Gardenate 

Gardenate could be the ideal solution if you’re looking for a simple calendar for planting garden vegetables. The calendar includes numerous useful guidelines and suggestions.

With this app, you’re able to locate detailed information on various vegetables, set a schedule, and plan your garden.

You can also use the Planting Now tab for inspiration on what to plant each month. The app offers details for growing nearly 100 popular garden vegetables, with specific planting information for the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa.

One of the best features of this app is that you can use it easily, even when you don’t have internet access. This is possible because all of the essential and relevant app data is automatically saved. Although you’ve probably seen plenty of other gardening apps that remind you of your Facebook or Instagram feeds, this particular app stands out from the crowd with a simple, user-friendly interface that even the most technologically challenged can handle. 

If you want to transfer your recorded information from one device to another, you can do so using the Share your Garden option. Over time, Gardenate has undergone a drastic upgrade, transforming it into a highly compatible gardening app that users can download on all types of tablets and smartphones. 

Gardenate’s most recent update features a brand new process that makes documentation faster and more efficient. The app also pre-selects your last saved garden bed automatically once you start planting or adding items to your wish list. Gardeners everywhere will appreciate the upgraded visibility for sowing, seed trays, and growing once you start adding all your favorite plants. 

Devices: iOS, Android

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