Harness the power of smartphones to assist in your grow! Here we look through five hydroponic smartphone apps that give you the ability to track your grow, diagnose diseases and pests, get personalized tips and feedback from the experts, and even turn your phone into a LUX reader. Pretty cool stuff. Click below to read more.
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We found out about GrowBuddy when they reached out to beta test for us. The app is run by a couple of good guys in Colorado who are looking to build a helpful tool to track hydroponic grows. Their main focus is on the marijuana market, so GrowBuddy will likely not be the best app for those growing tomatoes or cucumbers.
Basically Growbuddy is like a spreadsheet for growing hydroponically on steroids. Its interface allows users to enter all the relevant info about each plant and then track it as the grow progresses.
Here's the top 3 features according to their iTunes account:
GroLog has a similar goal to GrowBuddy. Like the name entails, it seeks to offer growers an easy, secure place to store the relevant information about their hydroponic grow. Unlike GrowBuddy, GroLow seems to be more generally focused on all plants grown via hydroponics and therefore has more customizability.
Users enter the relevant data that they record using manual sensors - thinks like pH, ppm, temperature, nutrients dosages, etc., and enter them into the app. The app allows users to both view their data graphically over time and export the data as a .CSV whenever they want.
Here's GroLog's top features on iTunes:
Select exactly what data you would like to monitor in each grow, such as:
3. The Plant Doctor
This is a great idea for an app. When a user thinks something might be wrong with their plants, she can log in and tick off yes or no to a series of symptoms. Using an internal algorithm, Plant Doctor then spits out a possible diagnosis of the issue and a solution.
A great, idea and it looks like the execution could use a little work, especially on the UI side. Definitely worth checking out!
Here's the top features according to iTunes:
4. Garden Compass
People seem to LOVE this app. Basically it is a hub for crowdsourcing answers to specific questions about your plants.
Looking to ID a plant? Snap a picture and upload it. Notice a weird bug on your plant? Same thing. The site does say that due to the high volume of questions, it can take up to 72 hours for some questions to get answered, so if you are in an emergency, this may not be the best resource. But if you have time and are looking more, Garden Compass seems great.
Here's the description on iTunes:
"If you have a plant, pest or disease you need identified...look no further. The Garden Compass Plant and Disease Identifier app allows you to take a photo and submit it to our team of expert horticultural garden advisors who will identify it for you, as well as provide you with specific product recommendations to resolve any problems you may have. As your photo passes up the queue you will be kept informed as to its progress."
5. Galactica Luxmeter
While it's no replacement for a traditional LUX and/or PAR meter, the Galactica Luxmeter app is a great free way to get a rough estimation of the intensity and quality of light falling onto your plants. Use this app to position grow lights and sniff out hotspots before they become a problem.
Here's the description on iTunes:
"If you professionally deal with lighting or simply want to measure the illumination of the certain place, and you do not have a special device, you can use this application to make light measuring, combine the values obtained (lux) with a photo of your place of measurement, add your comments and save your image in photo album or send via e-mail."