If you’re into agriculture, you would have to know about a few plants and flowers that are commonly found around us. This is important because each plant requires a varying degree of care and agro expertise. Given the versatility of the nature around us, it’s very likely that you’ll encounter some flower or plant that is new to you. But did you know that you can identify pretty much any plant or flower that you see around using just your smartphone camera?
Well, there are a large range of apps on the Google Play Store that allow you to detect the flora around you in a matter of seconds. Given the amount of apps out there, it can understandably be a little difficult to pick the best app out there.
Keeping this in mind, we’re going to make your job easier by talking about five of the best plant and flower identification apps available for Android.
One of the most preferred agro app out there, Agrobase comes with a variety of metrics designed to identify plants and other crops around you. In addition to this, Agrobase also lets you identify insects, pests and even look for fertilizer or insecticides available in your particular country. The catalog is updated frequently to stay on top of the changing market conditions.
Given the wide range of data available here, this is ideally suited for farmers who want to determine what went wrong with their crops. By snapping a simple image of your crop, the app can immediately identify the culprit and recommend the next course of action.
If you find that some of the descriptions or the results mentioned are wrong or inaccurate, there’s a report button on the app to let the developers know. Since most of this is user driven, a feature like this allows developers to stay updated with the evolving agricultural landscape. Agrobase is a free download on the Google Play Store, but comes with ads and in-app purchases. It will work with devices running Android 4.2 and up.
Up next, we have PlantNet, the app that allows you to use your smartphone to photograph plants and shrubbery. With PlantNet, you’re supposed to be able to snap a photograph of the plant that you want to identify, send it out, and get a biography of the plant almost instantly. PlantNet isn’t perfect, so sometimes you’l get back a plant bio that doesn’t make any sense, but for the most part, it works really well.
If you want to identify plants instantaneously, look no further than PlantSnap. Using this app, with the power of your camera, you can use PlantSnap to instantly identify plants of all kinds, anywhere in the world! Flowers, trees, succulents, mushrooms and more can be quickly retrieved with just your camera. You can identify plants in a snap!
For the most part, PlantSnap is all free to use — the only thing that they’ll need from you is email registration. Other than that, you’re good to go.
This is a more professional app as it allows you to get in-depth information from a wide net of experts with decades of experience in the field. This app is slightly different from the other agro apps that we’ll talk about as it uses a paid model to function.
This means you will have to shell out your money for each identification, which can be quite strenuous if you’re planning to use this everyday. However, users can take solace in the fact that they’re getting information directly from human sources and not a computer or artificial intelligence.
FlowerChecker+ comes with the ability to detect standard plants and even mosses, lichen and fungi, thus covering pretty much every plant you might see around you. The developers say that identification can take anywhere between a few minutes to a few hours, which is perhaps another negative here.
This is an editor’s choice app on the Google Play Store and with good reason. It can quickly diagnose the problem with your plant or crop and quickly recommend a solution regardless of the plant you’re growing. So whether you’re a farmer or a hobby gardener, the app will have you covered. Plantix also has a vast network of users who can share experiences with each other and gain invaluable tips on how to take care of your plants and crops.
The technology used here is simple. You have to take a picture of your crop or plant, the app runs it through its database and detects the pattern to diagnose the issue. Since each pattern is prerecorded, detecting it becomes incredibly easy.
You will need a working internet connection to use this feature, however. Plantix offers special tips and help for 15 most used crops around the world, so you get a quick resolution to your farming woes. Moreover, Plantix doesn’t charge you for any of its services. It comes as a free download on the Play Store, and is devoid of ads and in-app purchases.
This is perhaps the best app of them all as it comes with an exciting UI and the ability to detect a wide range of flowers and plants. It’s pretty simple to use, really. Just like the other apps we’ve talked about here, you simply have to take a picture and let the app do its thing. That’s pretty much it. Once a picture is taken, the app will run it through its AI powered system which has a large repository of information on practically every plant known to mankind.
Plants and flowers here are recognized within a second, that’s how fast this app works. There’s a social aspect here as well, which allows you to share images of plants with other members of the PictureThis community. You will have your own personal collection when you’ve identified a bunch of plants and trees. PictureThis is a free app on the Google Play Store and comes with in-app purchases.
This is a slightly unconventional choice on this list, but still worthwhile given the amount of data you can gather on pretty much any plant out there. If you’re an old fashioned gardening enthusiast or farmer, you would like to read up on the intricacies of each plant and its features. This is not a popular choice, but will still serve the purpose for some users. Also, Play Books is available by default on all Android smartphones on tablets, so you won’t have to download a separate app for this.
As you can see, there are a ton of excellent plant and flower identification apps that you can use. Whether you’re looking to identify a flower, tree, plant, or piece of shrubbery, any of these apps are able to help you out. Some of these apps are even able to identify insects and animals, too.
Do you have a favorite app that you use for identifying the wild life? Let us know in the comments section below.