Do you need a plant care app? | Melanin Planted

Do you need a plant care app?

Hey Plant Besties!

There are several plant care phone apps available for both Apple & Android. I've decided to spend some time using some of them in order to find one that seems to have what I need. I will be reviewing PictureThis, PlantIn, Planta & PlantSnap. 

Picture This:- available on Apple & Android. 

  • Cost: 7 day free trial, Premium Plan $29.99 yearly
  • Diagnoses plant issues, identifies unknown plants and reminds you to water
  • My Garden- area to name & list all of your plants to keep track of watering & fertilizing needs 
  • Plant Books up to 20% discount rate on app, 1 free book with Premium plan
  • Several detailed plant care guides available
  • Plant Experts available for consultations and gardening advices from master gardeners
  • Weed identifier and assistance 
  • Interesting facts for each plant and occasional short poems 

Overall, PictureThis does not miss, definitely worth $29.99 per year with everything it has to offer for gardeners and plant parents!

PlantIn- available on Apple & Android

  • Cost: 3 day free trial then $7.99 weekly or $199.99 for life (they have a current sale $49.99 for life)
  • Diagnoses plant issues, option to email questions to a botanist
  • Professional plant care guides 
  • Plant Care Schedule- area to list all of your plants and set watering & fertilizer \reminders
  • Search option with extensive list of plants

Overall, PlantIn has the basics but for $199.99 more should come with it. The app is very easy to use and could be handy for a beginner plant parent. 

Planta- available on Apple & Android

  • Cost: $7.99 monthly, $17.99 for 3 months, or $35.99 for a year
  • Plant Care reminders and schedules 
  • Identifies plants 
  • Planta Light meter- use phone camera to estimate light in room & makes recommendations based on light
  • Extensive list of plants, vegetables & herbs
  • Plenty of articles available on plant care & step by step guidance
  • Trending plants section
  • Dr. Planta assists with plant issues 

Overall, Planta is a super affordable and clever app. A free trial option would be a nice touch but honestly, the light meter and detailed graphics have won me over! 

PlantSnap- available on Apple & Android

  • Cost: 1 week free trial, $2.99 monthly, $19.99 yearly, or $39.99 for life
  • Plant photo identification
  • Plant care tips
  • Community feed that allows you to view plant pics from others around the world, you can like & comment on their pics also
  • Explore tab allows you to find gardens, museums & nature centers in your area
  • Search option shows plants, care details, & websites to buy them 

Overall, this is the most affordable app out of the 4! The social feed is a cool aspect kinda like a snapchat for plants. However, this app lacked a plant expert option and resources linked to website that did not have U.S. as a listed region. 

There you have it. A brief review of some of the plant apps available to us. Don't just take my word for it, try them out and pick one that works for you. Happy Planting! 

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