Answer: You may have purchased an Alpinia zerumbet `Variegata` or variegated shell ginger. This is grown as a garden perennial in moist soil and full or partial sun outdoors in warmer climates where it will reach from four to seven feet tall (or more) and about four feet wide. As a houseplant, provide it with as much light as you can and keep the soil evenly moist. Average to cool household temperatures are fine. Fertilize regularly during the growing season with a water soluble fertilizer formulated for foliage plants and repot each spring and summer as needed. Also make sure to acclimate it gradually when moving it between inside and outside conditions. Enjoy your ginger!
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