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I noticed in this website's instructions on how/when to plant Peony tubers, there is a discrepancy in the depth of the hole dug.

Here is a quote from the page:

...."Dig a generous-sized hole, about two feet deep and two feet across in well-drained soil in a sunny spot. If the soil is heavy or very sandy, enrich it with compost. Incorporate about one cup of bonemeal into the soil. Tamp it firmly.
Set the root so the eyes face upward on top of the firmed soil, placing the root just 2 inches below the soil surface."....

Am I reading this wrong? First it says to dig a hole two FEET deep, then, place the root two INCHES deep.

Can anyone clarify why the hole should be dug so deep when the root should only be planted just underneath the surface?

Thanks!


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