[App Friday] Making gardening simple, Blossom helps new plant parents take care of their greens
Home gardeners, who are interested in gardening or are just beginning to care for plants, will find horticulture and floriculture can be daunting tasks.
Caring for a plant is not as simple as it seems. A plant’s survival is determined by a myriad of factors, including water, light, soil and climate. Since each plant has different requirements, growing a plant can sometimes get quite complex and confusing.
– Plant Identification, an app that guides users on parenting and plant care, takes up this challenge.
It was one of many picks from the Google Play Store’s Best of 2021 app list. Selected in the category of daily essential applications, the popularity of Blossom reflects the growing interest of users in gardening during the pandemic.
With over a million downloads, the app has an average rating of 4.2 on the Play Store and 4.7 on the Apple App Store.
The app offers a three-day free trial to all users, after which an annual subscription would cost Rs 1,700 per year (which amounts to Rs 141.67 per month), or a monthly subscription at Rs 350 per month.
When you download and open the app, it takes you to a page featuring an animation of leaves and flowers, and a button that says “Start exploring.”
When you click on it, you are taken through a four-step guide on how to use the app. Once you are done, you are prompted to register. The UI has a soothing shade of light green. You also have the option of logging in via your Google or Facebook account.
In the upper right corner, there is also the option to skip the login process and go directly to the application. However, selecting this option may cause you to lose access to data, in case you uninstall it in the future.
Once a user has logged in, all of their plants and maintenance schedules will be synced to the account you have chosen to log in with.
The search tab – a search bar in the middle of the screen – allows users to search for plants by their common name or botanical name. You can also identify a plant by taking a photo of the plant.
The search tab also gives you the option to contact support via email and check if the light received by a plant is adequate.
One can also add these plants to their garden, which will appear in the Garden tab.
Once the user adds a plant to their garden, they can add maintenance reminders regarding water, fertilizer or other. All these reminders can be viewed separately in the Reminder tab. This is another way for the user to set reminders for more plants. All they have to do is choose a plant and set a reminder to water/fertilize/repot/other for particular days, or repeat them.
Get to know plants better
Once you’ve researched a plant, you’re taken to a page that gives you basic details on caring for the plant, and how much water and sun it needs in three rounded boxes.
Just below in list form you can get more information about plant type, size at maturity, soil type, soil pH, flowering time, colors, hardiness zone (reflection temperature) and details of the origin of the plant. region.
The search result will also show a photo. For example, if you search for Bougainvillea, this is the screen you will see.
Below you can see drop-down buttons where you can get detailed information, case by case, about watering the plant, plant overview, how to grow it, light, soil, temperature, humidity, fertilizers, pests and diseases, toxicity, potting and repotting. , among others.
In the Diagnose tab, you can also diagnose whether plants have pests or diseases by taking photos. You can add up to three photos of a diseased plant
In the carousel at the bottom you can click on the cards to learn more about some of the common plant diseases such as fungi, water related problems and spider mites. The information contains details about the nature of the disease, its possible causes and photos of it.
In the Explore tab, you can see videos and information about different types of plants, helpful tips, as well as the basics of plant care and plant collecting.
For those just starting out, the app is a game-changer. It walks you through the essentials of plant care and gardening, one thing at a time.
The app’s simple and effective design makes it easy to use for all users. The design is modern, clean, and the developers have done their best not to overwhelm the user with a lot of information at once.
You can control what you want to see with the drop-down menu when you discover a plant, making it less overwhelming.
It operates in a niche and does its best to give its all to that particular niche. Information on over 10,000 types of plants, what diseases to protect them from, and how to plant seeds indoors, among other things, aims to educate users and simplify the process of plant parenting.
With interesting plant collecting information, the app keeps the user engaged.
However, unlimited plant identification is part of the subscription. You can still receive maintenance reminders for plants you’ve added without a subscription as well. For users who want to identify a large number of plants, they can also pay for the subscription.
There’s hardly anything to dislike about the app. It delivers on its promise of identifying plants and gives users a step-by-step guide on how to care for them.