I used to be afraid of sphagnum, but I repotted all of my phals into it about 6 weeks ago; I think I really like it, and I think it is especially good for nursing a few root rotted ones back to health. I didn't use layers of peanuts, but that's a good idea. I've got unglazed clay pots, some with side holes and some without, and a layer of broken terra cotta at the bottom. I think the trick is not to pack the moss too tightly; the plant should not flop over, but there should be enough room to wiggle your finger down to test moisture. Then, I water when the top is crispy dry or when I stick my finger in and it's not still cool-damp. I think this works for me because the clay is so porous, and my plants are either outside or inside under a light and a fan, so there's plenty of circulation to keep it from staying soggy. I haven't put dendrobiums, miltassias, or oncids in moss because I think they like to be a tad dryer and it might not be for them. I could be wrong. I'm interested in trying s/h for the next batch of plants. I'm trying to experiment and see what works best for my conditions and different plants.