Author Archives: Diane M. Camberato

About Diane M. Camberato

Diane M. Camberato is a greenhouse technician in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. You can eMail her at

Media pH, EC & Water Quality: The Basics Of Monitoring

The cover of an environmental monitoring company catalog contains a quote: “To measure is to know.” Monitoring is an attempt to quantify the invisible, to know before you see. We have become accustomed to this practice in human health and wellness and have our temperature and blood pressure taken. We understand the importance of the

The Potential Of Poinsettia Trees

Tree form poinsettias offer a sales opportunity to a new generation of consumers that does not associate the traditional potted 6-inch poinsettia with the Christmas holiday. Young adult consumers are more likely to be interested in non-traditional novelty cultivars and poinsettias used as an interesting form or as color in a mixed combination planter. In

Biocontainers For Long-Term Crops

The terms organic, sustainable, alternative and green have become part of our vernacular in a way we could not have imagined a decade ago. Consequently, there has been a proliferation of new products in all sectors fashioned to these ideals. Being the true “green industry” by nature, it is only fitting these products be incorporated–or,