The Best Houseplant Apps to Boost Your Green Thumb

Not sure what’s wrong with your plant? There’s an app for that!

Your Houseplant Sidekick

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Houseplants are the healthy decor we all need. They’re vibrant, grounding, purifying, and are beautiful to look at. What else could you ask for? Unfortunately, improper care can hinder their ability to thrive. Yellowing leaves, brown tips, stunted growth, root rot, and more make for sad sights. If you’re at a loss for what to do, there are helpful apps to get your houseplants back on track. You can identify a plant, determine how much water it needs, its sun exposure requirements, and whether it’s due for a re-pot. Check out this list of eight helpful apps your houseplants will love.

Related: The Best Plants for Every Room of the House

The Best App for Plant Identification

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Knowing the type of plant you have is important for ensuring proper care. Garden Answers Plant Identification is a free app that allows you to simply take a picture of your plant and learn exactly what houseplant you have. If it’s rare, the app will suggest which plant family it’s likely in. For even more help, submit a question on the app to a trained botanist for a small fee.

The Best App to Learn How to Pot, Water, and Feed

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If you’re looking for a comprehensive app that will guide you through all things houseplant health, Indoor Plant Guide Pocket Edition has you covered. The app provides you with countless tools, like your plant’s requirements for water, food, soil, and more. It also provides you with helpful information on proper potting, like if it requires a high-drainage pot.

The Best App for Proper Watering

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One of the most frustrating aspects of plant care is pinpointing how much water each of your houseplants requires and how often. Vera: Plant Care App takes care of that. Set up a plant profile for each of your houseplants, and the app will send you watering reminders based on its requirements. 

Related: The Dos and Don’ts of Watering Plants

The Best App for Sun Exposure

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Just because your plant adds aesthetics to that empty corner in your room doesn’t mean it’s the right place for your houseplant’s health. Different plants require different amounts of sunlight. Some need full sun exposure (six or more hours), others need partial (four to five hours), and some require no direct sunlight. If your plants aren’t thriving, it could be that they’re getting too much or too little sun. The Sun Seeker app helps you find optimal locations for your plants.

The Best App for Sick Plants

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PictureThis is the remedy all plants in poor health need. A quick snap of your plant’s problem, from yellowing leaves to wilted ones, will give the app all it needs to suggest some issues. Upgrade from the free version to use the diagnosis tool, as well as access the community forum for troubleshooting and sharing tips.

Related: 5 (Nearly) Kill-Proof Houseplants

Best App for Plant Progress

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Not sure if your plant is on track for proper growth? ThePlantMe app features a “history” tool where you can upload photos of your plant, keeping a visual record of its progress. For each plant you upload, you can access a profile that shows you its care requirements. You can even set up schedules and reminders for watering and fertilizing.

Best App for Upkeep

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Planta is an all-around superstar for plant health. Its free features include logging your houseplants’ species, manually tracking light intensity, receiving notifications when it’s time to water, and detailed instructions on watering methods. Upgrade to the premium feature to receive fertilizing, misting, repotting, and pruning instructions and reminders.

Best App for Detailed Plant Descriptions

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The Blossom app is your all-inclusive database for understanding your houseplants through and through. Research more than 10,000 indoor and garden plants, and learn about their preferences for light, soil, water, temperature, humidity, potting, and propagation.

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