Gardening is something that I love to do when I am at home. It gives immense pleasure to me to look at those beautiful plants growing in my garden. It also disheartens me to see a dying plant in my garden. Identifying the disease of a plant is not easy for a laywoman like me. We need something easy to follow rather than just a book with thousands of plant diseases. A mobile phone app that can detect any plant disease in minutes becomes very useful.
Now AI is used in so many sectors, agriculture is one of them. Some AI became so advanced that they can detect diseases just from a picture. This new era of AI has revolutionized plant disease identification apps.
As time passes, these AI will have more data and they will become better and better in their work.
Here are a few apps which you can download from the Play Store and App Store on your mobile phone to identify any plant diseases.
Agrio is an AI-based plant disease identification app. The app uses images uploaded by users to match with data available with the app’s database and then provides the accurate details of the plant disease treatment.
Agrio has revolutionized the crop monitoring technology by providing alters on users phone using remote image sensing when any changes seen in the crop field.
This app also helps farmers, crop inspectors to record crop data on the go.
Download for iPhone
An amazing app to monitor crop health. This app currently supports only few crops and they are planning to include more crops in the future.
Using your mobile phone camera click pictures of the infested crop and upload it to CropsAI. With the help of AI, the app will give you the best advice to treat the plant disease.
Currently free to use and you can contribute for the improvement of the app.
Plants Disease Identification
Plants Disease Identification is easy to use. Just upload picture of a leaf infested and the AI system of the app will detect the disease.
Currently supports few crops, these are Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Corn, Grape, Orange, Peach, Pepper, Potato, Raspberry, Soybean, Squash, Strawberry, and Tomato.
After the disease identification you can contact your local agricultural expert for the help.
Download for iPhone
This app is awesome. You just need to take a picture of the plant that is affected and upload it to the app. And Boom! The app will automatically identify the disease and give you all the details about the disease and cure of it (biologically and chemically).
Plantix is now available in 18 regional languages of India. You can ask questions in the farmer community of the app in your own languages and get answers quickly.
The app also helps planting a new crop through its information guide. And help calculating the amount of fertilizers to add. Overall a handy app for farmers.
Download for Android, not available for iPhone.
The main aim of this app is to find the health of the leaves of diseased plants. You can use this app to make sure your garden plants are healthy and disease free. You can access the severity of the disease on leaves.
Download for iPhone.
Crop doctor is built by government of India to help farmers grow crops well. Through this app govt provides information about certain crops grown in the region. Also, gives information about any new govt. schemes for the farmers. The app supports both Hindi and English.
Download for Android.
Purdue Tree Doctor
Developed by experts at Purdue University, this app does not work like magic uploading a picture. There is no AI included in the app. But, the purdue tree doctor app’s database has 1000 high-resolution photos of plant diseases.
You can match the plant disease photos present in the app with the real plants. And then Purdue University experts can help manage the problem.
Download for iPhone
Leaf Plant Tech
An advanced app for farmers. This app uses drone camera to find diseases in plants. This also reduces the burden of spending money on crop inspectors to keep looking the plants.
The drone camera clicks photos of the crops and sends the data to the farmer’s mobile and to the app database. Using deep neural networks the app dataset to find plant disease provides the best result.
The app marks any disease found in a particular location to alert farmers of the nearby area. Overall a cool app and new intervention needed.
Download for iPhone
Best plant pest identification apps
All the apps we mentioned to some extent they informs about pest. But, they are not specially made for pest control. So, we are covering garden pest identification app separately.
Pacific Pests & Pathogens
This app works by asking questions to the farmer about the crop infested with pests. After a series of questions narrowed down until the perfect match is found. And then you can compare the photos given in the app with the infested crop.
How does it help? The app gives a sheet about the damage, biology and life cycle, and management.
Pacific Pests & Pathogens app is supported by ACIAR, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
Download for Android or iPhone.
Plant diseases and pests
This still needs more data to give accurate results as it uses AI to identify disease and pests in plants. They updating with new pictures every year to enhance the AI to better detect any pest.
Taking a load of pictures of infested plants can help giving the better result.
Download for iPhone.
How can these plant disease identification apps help?
These plant disease identification apps can help by identifying the disease and the cause behind it. After the identification of the disease, the appropriate treatment can be taken. Use your phone’s camera to take a photo of the plant leaf affected and the get to know the cure automatically through the app’s AI system.
Common diseases of garden plants
Alternaria leaf blight: A group of fungal diseases found in garden plants like cabbage, melon.
Angular Leaf Spot: Disease caused by bacteria found mostly in cucurbit crops.
Anthracnose: It is caused by fungi during the spring season when it is cool and wet.
Bacterial Blight: Found world widely this disease is caused by bacteria living in the plant debris, canker, and soil. So, avoid overhead watering to keep leaves dry.
Bacterial Blight: Caused by bacteria mostly in prunus like cherries, plums, and causes sunken patches of dead bark and small holes in leaves.
Black rot: Fungi that grow in hot and humid weather causes blackish discoloration and decay.
Downy Mildew: It is caused by fungus in a wet climate, yellow or brown mottling or spots on the leaves can be seen. The disease can be spread by air through spores.
Early Blight: Seen in old leaves of tomato and potato plants throughout the US. Fungus Alternaria solani creates small brown spots with concentric rings on leaves.
Gray Mold: Fungus Botrytis cinerea infects the flowering plants, fruits and vegetables and kills the plants.
Late Blight: This is very devastating disease for tomatoes and potatoes. Late blight can rot leaves, stems, fruits and cause total crop failure.
Powdery Mildew: A fungal growth on garden plants like pumpkin, squash, beans, cucumbers and this fungus loves warm, humid climate. At first, the yellowing of leaves starts and then dries up.
Pythium: A fungus like organism that colonizes a plant by producing hyphae which are threadlike, filamentous cells and these extract nutrients from the host plant.
Root Rot: It is caused when excess water is not drained out from the garden and this gives shelter for the fungus to grow. It left untreated root rot will eventually kill the plant.
Rust: Fungal disease causes rust at the lower surface of the leaves of beans, tomatoes.
Powdery mildew: Caused by white fungi, it produces powdery white spots on the foliage of plants. These white powder may transferred from one to other plants by air.
How do you identify diseases in house plants?
Houseplants grown in pots/containers need to look after every week or once in a few weeks. Bugs can infest on indoor plants, you can treat houseplants with a home remedy.
Common bugs/pests found on houseplants are Common brown scale, Mealybugs, Aphids, Common whitefly, Red spider mites, Fungus gnats, Thrips. Watch the below video on common houseplant pests by Amanda from a youtube channel named “PLANTERINA”.
Houseplants are also infested by fungi like fungus mycelia causing Crown and Stem Rot, Grey molds, Powdery mildew, White Molds. To protect your houseplants from these fungi, you can watch this beautiful video by “Wandering Whittles” youtube channel.
Neem oil mentioned in this video is available on Amazon, you can check the price here.
Bacteria, viruses, protozoa and other microbes can also cause diseases in houseplants.
Nutrient deficiency, nutrient toxicity, water toxicity should also be considered when accessing plant diseases. To advocate these look for symptoms like stunted growth, death of plant tissue, or yellowing of the leaves caused by a reduced production of chlorophyll.
After you have identified the disease, take appropriate steps to save the plant from dying.
Finding the cause of the ill-looking plants is easy. You do need to be a plant expert. Just observe the plants indoors or outdoors in your home. Most plant diseases can be identified just by observing the leaves carefully. Turn the leaves, look at soil if you find any attack of pests. You can also take the help of a house plant diagnosis app to find out the cause. Kill pests with organic pesticide prepared at home.