Grow ginger from "root"

As a card-carrying ginger freak, I have decided to try & grow plants from pieces of the ginger "root" sold in markets. (It's not really a root.)
Checking on-line I found contradictory sets of instructions for rooting these babies. I guess I could experiment with 'n' pieces planted one way and 'n*1' another way.
Just wondering if anybody has had experience growing ginger.
I'm in Zone 8, So Calif coastal. "Mediterranean" climate, one mile from the sea.
Your input appreciated.
HB
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No, you need the warmth and the light in spring and autumn so a removable sun shade for the hottest days is better.

Quicker to dry out and you don't need the drainage. Just plant in the ground.
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I was taking worms from one worm infested compost heap to innoculate another heap the other day and came across a ginger rhizome that had sprouted a shoot in the worm rich environment. I've potted it up and will tell you how it goes in about 18 months if it grows according to plan.
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