that's lovely! actually, your short stem warrants a question. I have two phals that I bought in bud about a year ago. their stems were quite long, i'd say at least 14 to 16 inches long. both of these plants have produced new spikes this season and they are both now in bloom. however, this time the spikes are quite short. one is maybe 7 inches long, with six buds and the other is about 9 inches long with seven buds. is there something in my care of these orchids that is making their spikes come up short? i wouldn't have been bothered if it hadn't happened with two plants. what do you think?