Plants need three things to survive: Sunlight, water and nutrients. Scotts hose fertilizer is an easy way to supply two of these three needs in one package. A Scotts hose fertilizer, sold under the Miracle-Gro brand name, is a two-part product that attaches to the end of a garden hose. There's a feeder mechanism (applicator) and a plastic bottle (holding chamber) of fertilizer that attaches to the feeder. As you water plants with the garden hose, the fertilizer applicator mixes the water from the hose with the fertilizer in the holding chamber and distributes it along with the water to your plants. Applying the fertilizer is simple.
Attach the mechanical feeder part of the hose fertilizer device to the end of your hose by twisting the fertilizer device's feeder onto the hose end. Detach the bottle portion of the hose fertilizer device by unscrewing it from the feeder and discard the used bottle (unless your fertilizer holding chamber is not empty). Used bottles may be placed in the trash or rinsed thoroughly and recycled.
Attach a fresh fertilizer refill bottle if necessary. Scotts sells fertilizer refill bottles under the brand name Liquafeed. Remove the lid on the Liquafeed bottle and screw the bottle into the feeder portion of the device. Set the feeder pattern. Your feeder pattern choices include shower, jet or stream.
Grip the handle of the feeder and point the feeder and hose at the plant you wish to water and fertilize. Activate the spray by pressing the trigger at the base of the handle. Wave your feeder in even patterns over the soil, trunk and leaves of the plant you are watering.
Cut off the water by releasing the trigger at the base of the handle. Repeat the fertilization and watering pattern every seven to 14 days.