People have grown plants in pots for centuries, but it’s only recently
that houseplants prol
iferated. The story of how plants moved indoors is a
complex one that involves botanical imperialism, the horticultural
explosion of the Victorian era, lighting and heating technologies of the
1900s, and changing fashions. As European countries colonized the
Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, they increasingly imported
botanical specimens. These specimens served… keep reading.