Good story! I love Phals. When i first started getting into orchids it was the phals that got me, every interesting noid phal was in my shopping cart but it was a huge learning curve. The first 6-7 phals i came accross eventually died from root rot! Every single one! I kept trying different techniques and letting them dry for weeks and so on but nothing worked. Finally i started potting them straight away in a large bark perlite mix. Problem fixed! Since that day that i started repotting them into new fresh bark media i havent lost one plant and that was 2 years ago. I now have 10 phals and like 6 in spike right now
. For all new comers! Keep trying and learning and you'll find what works for you in no time!