Digital Resources for Gardening DIY

From getting your fickle Fiddle Leaf Fig to flourish to knowing which roots to keep your newly adopted dog from nosing around, here's some of the best digital plant tools out there.

Digital Gardening Tools

Plants are having a moment. Whether you started collecting house plants during the pandemic to pretty up your home, have taken a sudden liking to landscaping your outdoor space, or just want to know what, exactly, that tree is you always pass on your daily walk, there are a multitude of apps out there to help with plant care and identification. From getting your fickle Fiddle Leaf Fig to flourish to knowing which roots to keep your newly adopted dog from nosing around, here's some of the best digital plant tools out there.

Pl@ntNet. Android. Apple. Help scientists understand the biodiversity of our world and wow everyone with your newly found plant ID skills via Pl@ntNet. Snap a pic of the plant you'd like to ID, the more detailed the better, and see if it matches one of the 20,000 species already in the database. Pics are collected and analyzed by scientists, all as a community-based way to explore earth’s flora and fauna.

SmartPlant. Android. Apple. Making sure your leafy friends are thriving can be a tricky endeavor, but SmartPlant can help. Identify your plant via the app, then receive reminders on when to water or otherwise care for your vegetation. You can ask experts their opinion on problems and get immediate advice too, on issues like pests, yellowing leaves, withering flowers, and more.  

Blossom. Android. Apple. This mega extensive app can help you with all your planting needs, including keeping a journal of your leafy friends, so you can track their growth and progress. Not sure if that’s a new leaf or your plant’s grown taller? Just refer to your personal plant collection to make sure all is well.  

GardenTags. Android. Apple. If you’re looking to grow your friend group and your garden, check out GardenTags. Novice gardeners can get advice directly from experts, as the app aims to make gardening accessible by creating a community of plant lovers. Leaf lovers for life!


Digital Gardening ToolsPictureThis. Android. Apple. Need to know which plants are okay to be around your pets and humans? PictureThis has all the info you'll need. Snap a pic to identify the plant you’re eyeing, and quickly check its toxicity level to animals and people. The app has lots of other functions, too, including watering reminders and care tips and tricks.

Florish. Apple. So you've got a new houseplant, but aren't sure where to put it. In your bright office, next to the window, or perhaps on your bookshelf, away from direct sunlight. Florish will not only help you identify your indoor plants, but you can use your smartphone to measure the light in certain areas of your home—helping you find the perfect perch for your petunia.

Vera. Android. Apple. Do your friends call you for gardening tips? Do you attract a crowd at the nursery, with other shoppers pestering you with questions? Then consider Vera, a plant journal app that lets you take the lead, logging watering, fertilizing, repotting, and more. Track your plant babies’ growth—they get big so fast!

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