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What is Your Favorite Gardening App?

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Smartphones have become pretty handy tools in many aspects of our lives, including gardening. From plant, pest, and disease identification to care and planting planning guidance–there are many apps to choose from. Give your fellow gardeners a helping hand and share which gardening apps are your favorites and/or that you find most useful.


  1. JoniN | | #1

    "picture this" phone app will be on my cell phone until the day I stop gardening. This app can identify plants, insects, disease, and more. a most helpful garden tool!

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    LSweeney_moderator | | #2

    Great question! I personally don't have a go to app aside from the ones I listen to audiobooks on while gardening but I am curious to hear what others like.

  3. user-7821942 | | #3

    I use Picture This as well and find it most useful.

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    maryannnewcomer | | #4

    I am one of the moderators from the Mountain States forum. Just thought I would offer this: I love the "Visual Lookup" function on the newer iPhones. Snap a pic of a plant or flower or something, and at the bottom of the screen, you will see a small letter "i" in a circle with a couple of stars. Click on that and it will do a pretty good job identifying the item in the photo. So far I am about 9 out of 10 for the win.

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      LSweeney_moderator | | #5

      I just learned about this recently and have used it a lot since then! It is surprisingly accurate most of the time!

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        maryannnewcomer | | #6

        Pretty interesting isn't it? That was my experience too. And for a couple of years I worked for a company where we did on-line plant ID. Before A-I. I am liking this a lot. I need to try it with plant diseases tho, and see if it will recognize issues like powdery mildew, etc.

        Have a good Thanksgiving!

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    Mimi_atTheMeadow | | #7

    Picture This. I use it to educate myself to accurately identify plants. And would love to learn of other apps.

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    LSweeney_moderator | | #8

    It looks like Picture This is a popular choice! I'll have to try it!

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    maryannnewcomer | | #9

    It's pouring rain and trying to snow here, but I may take Picture This out for a trial run later today. Thanks for the recommendation.

  8. Maura_W | | #10

    I use Picture This. It is wonderful.

  9. artisanbaker | | #11

    I'll add my vote to the Picture This app, which I discovered while working with expert gardeners during my internship in the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association. I especially appreciate the ability it has to identify a huge variety of plants and trees, including weeds, native and wildflowers, plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs, etc. I also love the ability to keep a running "My Garden" record of the plants in my own yard with additional notes. (I use the paid version at $40 annually)

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      maryannnewcomer | | #12

      Looks to me like "Picture This" is a winner!

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    CAlexander | | #13

    We use iNaturalist quite a bit to help with identification!

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