We have a palm in our garden. What do I need to do to bring it inside?

we live on Long Island, NY and what care does it need indoors?
q we have a palm in our garden what do i need to do to bring it inside
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  • Ann Cherkas Halstead Ann Cherkas Halstead on Oct 29, 2017
    all my tropical plants are in pots and I just bring them in the house. So if it is in the ground you will have to carefully dig it up and put in a pot.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 29, 2017
    Re-pot in the next size container with drainage holes and fresh soil,spray the palm down with horticultural oil ,bring indoors and place in bright but indirect lighting

  • Jamie Boyce Jamie Boyce on Oct 29, 2017
    To add to the above statement, keep the pot in a brightly lit spot or near a window. Make sure you inspect the plant for wasps and/or roaches, insects, prior to bringing it in the house.

  • Bijous Bijous on Oct 29, 2017
    To really make it happy, buy grow lights and put them around the palm. It will love you.

  • Google the type of palm tree you have and follow the links on care.

  • Car2488665 Car2488665 on Oct 29, 2017
    A sunny room but not direct sunlight.Keep dust off the leaves and spray the leaves with water once a week and of course water the plant 2 a week forced air will dry out the plant hope this helps

  • Joanie Joanie on Oct 30, 2017
    I have 2 Palms.........they are my babies........they love where they are and how they live. Lot's of light, under the skylights and warmth of course,. Watering when they need it......about once every week in a half......depending. One is full and small, 24 inches and the other is clear to the ceiling almost......an extended ceiling. They are green and beautiful......they love all their friends. I have 30 + plants. Plants are one of my niches!! They make a Home, homey and welcome!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Oct 30, 2017
    If you supplement it with a grow light, have the light on for the amount of time it had full sunlight when it was outside. If it was more shaded and you have it in the strong light all did it may not be real happy and get sunburned. In that case a bright window may be all it needs. My hibiscus pots (5) liked to be more shaded outside and did better with a few hours of late afternoon and evening sun. They were happier and became more bushy and had 8 to 10 flowers going at a time on four of them. One pot was a late sell out rescue, so it is just recovering from repotting and now starting to put out flowers. You may need to get a water meter to make sure that you get the palm watered when it needs it due to the winter dryness in the house. This has saved our houseplants and the plants we bring in for the winter from starving from lack of water.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Oct 30, 2017
    I brought mine (3 large palms) inside last year but I won't do it again this year because of something I didn't anticipate---- my cats used the pots as a litter box and also dug out the dirt. I had such a huge mess all fall and winter that I decided to leave them out this year and see what happens. I won't give up my cats for my plants! I'm hoping that since they are now 2 years old and large that they will survive cold days. I will certainly let you know how they do!

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    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 06, 2017
      You can also spread small stones on top of the dirt in the pot. They cats won't want to paw the gravel to get go the roots. That how i deter the squirrels from digging in my pots outdoors. It works!

  • Dianne williams Dianne williams on Oct 30, 2017
    Roaches love plams, suggest you debug before bring in.

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    • Ellis Ellis on Nov 01, 2017
      I don't see how you can take all the dirt off without harming the plant. Homeguides at SFGate.com has detailed instructions on bringing plants indoors. It looks like it's the time to do it, if not a bit late.

  • Cherie Davis Bronkar Cherie Davis Bronkar on Oct 30, 2017
    here's my tip....bring it in, mostly ignore it and keep it fairly dry. Tropical plants have a dry season for winter...in cold climates our indoor temps are pretty much that. They naturally die off a little bit, just cut the bit that dies off right before you put them outside. Mine are so happy to be back outside they start perking up right away.

  • Ili Ili on Oct 30, 2017
    You got great answers, don't have much to add....Debug for sure, lots of light (natural or not), water (not much) I also love indoor (and outdoors) plants, have many everywhere there is light...

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Oct 30, 2017
    Great idea...thanks

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Oct 30, 2017
    This is definitely worth a shot.....(but you don't know my cats haha)

  • Dianne williams Dianne williams on Oct 31, 2017
    The roaches hide in the plant itself as well as in the dirt. I would not remove the dirt from the root system, at this time of the year it will stress it out, Get soapy water and spray the heck out of it then rinse, this should get the critters out if there are any, down here in Houston there are always some hiding. good luck