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Question: I have a banana tree that i planted outside this summer. it has grown a lot. I know i will need to bring it inside soon. how should i go about this. how can i get it to live indoors for the winter. how do i keep the cats out of it when i bring it in. this is very important to me, i dont want the plant to die. thanks

Answer: Winter care of bananas is crucial in areas that experience frost. Here's what to do: Sometime in October, before frost, dig up the plant and cut off the rest of the leaves at the top so each looks like a great, fat pole. Put it in a small container with only the soil that clings. Then set it in a basement or garage where temperatures in winter hover around 50 degrees. Water it once and then allow it to go dormant for the rest of the winter. In the spring, when air and soil temperatures warm, plant the roots outdoors.

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