Hello folks. I'm sorta new to the whole "tropical" thing and have one simple question. A friend gave me a banana plant two years ago. It did great the first summer, and I dug it up and kept it bare-root in my cellar. This year, it started out great, but eventually a big wind "tumped" the whole thing over and I kept trying to find a place where it would stay upright. My question: Can I cut the entire plant before moving it into my cellar, or should I leave it as it is (6 feet)? I think starting out shorter next year will keep it from tumping in my shallow raised beds. I'm in Central Arkansas, zone 8. We usually have mild winters with the occasional arctic blast where temps seldom get below the mid teens (F). Some folks say to cut to the ground and mulch heavily with straw. Anybody had any luck with that?