Light: All green plants must have a certain amount of light just to stay alive, and even more to grow. Before you purchase a plant, check the plant light recommendation. Determine if you have those light levels available in various areas of your home. If not, use artificial lighting or buy a different plant.

Dust: When dust particles build up on a plant, they clog its breathing pores and cut down the amount of light that gets to tissues. Keep leaves clean by wiping them off and treating the entire plant to a shower every three or four months.

Household Pests: Some pests, such as roaches, sneak out at night and feed on foliage and blooms. Generally they leave small, black, seed-like specks where the feeding took place. To control roaches, have a home exterminator spray for them.

Aerosols: Be careful with aerosols such as hair spray, furniture polishes, window cleaners and the like. They can coat foliage and damage tissues, so don't use these sprays near plants.

Kids and pets: Small children and pets are naturally curious about plants. To avoid damage, keep them out of reach. With a few species, such as dieffenbachia and some lilies, eating the leaves could make an infant, cat or small dog very sick.

Drafts: Cold drafts chill plants and can cause shock; hot air dries them out. Don't place plants next to doors that open to the outside, or near heating or air conditioning registers.

TV: Most television sets put out heat and dry air
that can be the death of plants. Don't set them atop your TV.

Cold Water: Watering with cold water can slow down root growth and stunt the plant. It also can damage leaves of some sensitive plants. Always use lukewarm water.

Traffic: Locating plants where people or animals brush against them can damage plant tissue, causing the edges of leaves to turn brown, and make the plant more susceptible to attack from disease organisms.

Sun: At noon the sun's rays are strong enough to burn most plant tissue. Avoid midday sun.

Flouridated Water: Some plants are extremely sensitive to fluoride in water. If you get tip burn from high levels of fluoride, use rainwater or some other fluoride-free source.