Jessica McKeil   |   May 10, 2018

Smart Grow Apps

Long gone are the days of cannabis farmers scribbling eligible notes on stained notepads in the grow room, today there is a growing marketplace of community-driven, expert-developed grow applications for mobile devices. Now, thanks to recent advancements in cloud-based technology, and our growing obsession with mobile technologies, a cultivator can see everything they need to know about their crop all in one place.
Jessica McKeil is a freelance writer focused on the medical marijuana industry, from production methods to medicinal applications. She personally found relief through cannabis for the treatment of her panic and anxiety disorder. She is lucky…

Going digital with a cannabis-focused mobile application takes the guesswork out of the growing data. Even for amateur farmers, inexperienced in what it takes to produce a bountiful harvest, innovative grow apps give them access to a treasure trove of information as well as a growing community of like-minded people. Users can easily reference data from previous grows, explore photographic evidence from other strains, and even schedule nutrients or watering at the touch of a finger.

It's no shock that technological innovations are changing the way we grow marijuana, but often these innovations are only available to commercial operations. With unlimited budgets and technical know-how, commercial growers are always pushing the envelope with their crops, this type of technology wasn't as readily available to those growing at home. Mobile apps are changing the distribution of technology between the commercial pros and the at-home hobbyists. As novice growers connect and share information through mobile technologies, they too are reaping some of the high tech advances once only shared between large cannabis operations.

This image is courtesy of Botana.

One of the most popular applications to date is Botana. It remains to this day as one of the most comprehensive mobile applications on the market. Letting users compile details notes and data from all relevant environmental, strain, and more, they have set the bar high. But beyond Botana, there are a burgeoning number of other smart grow applications out there, continuing to integrate technology with cannabis. 



Getting ready to make their Kickstarter debut in 2018, Snaphash combines machine learning with years of experience growing marijuana. They have marketed themselves as the first comprehensive grow guide for marijuana growers, in particular, they are focused on the first time or inexperienced grower unsure of the essential elements of marijuana growing.

Their mobile application will take through the basic elements of the set up to final stages of harvest. Some of the features they plan to offer are a live guide to room set up. Using point and scan technology, Snaphash will estimate how many plants the designated area will fit, and give detailed notes on the light requirements for the space.

Snaphash will also incorporate a scheduling feature to help you manage when to water and when to feed your crop, avoiding costly mistakes as you learn. If and when pests and disease strike, the app will importantly have a diagnosis feature with side-by-side visual photo comparison tool. Track your progress as you move onto future grows, see statistics from other strains in your history, and join the Snaphash community to share your success stories. 

This image is courtesy of Snaphash.



Growbuddy is a mobile application simple enough for hobbyists to use but packed full of valuable features that even commercial operations would reap benefits from. The app strives to be a comprehensive database, capable of logging all relevant grow data to help you learn from your mistakes and compare against other strains and other crops.

The GrowBuddy app is essentially a complete grow journal, helping you schedule and itemize tasks like watering and nutrient additions. It works to manage the details of the growing environment, keep accurate notes with photographic evidence on the daily developments in your crop, and even log information about mother plants and their clones, as well as the curing process. They are striving to become the all-in-one hub for your operation, where you can access community knowledge, get expert advice and purchase any supplies, all without leaving the app.

This image is courtesy of Growbuddy.



Jane is another relatively new mobile app on the market today with over 10,000 installs. It’s focused on providing newbie growers with guidance, grow logs and scheduling tools for their small operations. The app seems best suited to smaller, novice cannabis farmers; but the application is continuing to improve with new features and security updates regularly.

Following in the footsteps of other apps, Jane knows its user's value privacy. One of its features allows its users with the ability to work entirely offline, or under an anonymous account. For those that wish to share, they also provide space for users to share their data, photos and other information with the larger Jane community. 



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