Answer: Zingiber officinale is the botanical name for true ginger. It grows from a rhizome and produces 2-4 foot tall stems with narrow, glossy, bright green leaves. Ginger needs heat and humidity to grow best. You can plant ginerg root that you purchase in the grocery store. Plant in spring when the soil is warm, placing them just under the soil surface. Give the plants shade from hot afternoon sun and lots of moisture. In the fall you can dig the rhizomes and grate them for use in recipes that call for fresh ginger.
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