Answer: The problem with bringing them into the basement in January is that the warm indoor temperatures will most likely cause them to bud out. Then you can't really put them back outside, as the buds will be frost-tender. And, staying in the basement for a couple months won't provide them with the light they need. I suggest you protect them from frost by putting them in a garage, or sheltered next to a building out of wind, and cover them with burlap, cloth or frost cloth (don't use plastic) if frost is predicted. If possible, suspend a structure overhead, so that the cloth doesn't touch the foliage, but drapes down to the ground. Don't leave the cloth on permanently, as if it warms up underneath, buds will pop. The idea is to put the cover on at sunset, trapping the day's heat from the ground, and then take it off before temperatures warm up greatly the next day. Good luck!
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