How to Fertilize With a Soaker Hose

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How to Fertilize With a Soaker Hose
Liquid fertiliser promotes lush growth. (vegetable farmer image by Antonio Oquias from

Soaker hoses do more than slowly water your garden. Use a specially made gadget to fertilise plants at the same time you water. No more messy sprayers or granulated fertilisers. Liquid fertiliser mixes with water at a ratio of 1 part fertiliser to 16 parts water and distributes the product in about 3 to 5 minutes. Use this method for chemical fertilisers, or even organic liquid fertiliser like fish emulsion.

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Things you need

  • Siphon mixer
  • Soaker Hose
  • Faucet
  • Fertiliser

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    Fertilise Through Soaker Hoses

  1. 1

    Attach the end of the siphon mixer to an outside faucet.

    How to Fertilize With a Soaker Hose
    Siphon mixers attach to outside faucets. (outdoor tap/faucet image by Alison Bowden from
  2. 2

    Attach the other end to the big end of the soaker hose.

    How to Fertilize With a Soaker Hose
    Soaker hoses have small holes that slowly release water. (Outside Hose image by Janet Wall from
  3. 3

    Mix the liquid fertiliser in a container according to package directions (some siphon mixers come with a container).

    How to Fertilize With a Soaker Hose
    The fertiliser mixes with water to the right ratio. (water hose image by tomcat2170 from
  4. 4

    Insert the rubber hose from the siphon mixer into the fertiliser. Turn on the water to begin fertilising.

Tips and warnings

  • Siphon mixers are sold under different names online and at garden stores.
  • Run water through the soaker hose between fertilising treatments to prevent clogging.
  • Follow fertiliser directions carefully. Wear gloves and protective clothing. Over-fertilising causes plant damage and can pollute groundwater. (Reference 2)

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