Hey everyone, I'm would like advice from you guys. I have recently purchased 5 Washington Filiferas, and live in Southern Kansas. People tell me it can't be done this far north, but I just couldn't help myself. The specimens are still seedlings, and so I figured I could try a few different scenarios and see just how far I can get. Here is what I am dealing with. Our last few winters the temperature hasn't quite made it to the single digits. Average January temperature is about 20 degrees F. Wind is a problem. Consistent 40mph gusts are not uncommon. This can bring the windshield down to the low negs. The summer months can reach 100-105, but usually aren't long term. I have considered using the heating coil methods I have read about to keep the trunk and growing points around 40 degrees, and have the space to bring the trees inside if necessary for the first 5 years or so but would like to them mature some day. Here are a couple of questions I have. 1. Does leaving the "petticoat" potentially help protect the trunk from cold winters? 2. Does this heated coil method really work? 3. How do I protect the leaves outside when the tree begins to really mature and cannot be kept inside? 4. Can I condition the trees to withstand the cold weather over the first 5 years? 5. Being that our soil is substantially thicker, and more claylike without the proper drainage, how can I prep the soil now for the best possible growth for years to come? 6. How long and at what temperatures should the palm be kept inside during the first 5 years? 7. Any other good advice? I know that I have a huge and potentially doomed task before me, but I am determined to take it as far as possible and have read as much as possible to help my success. Thanks for your help and I hope to keep updates over the years with these guys. Thanks!