I began experimenting with my outdoor phals, putting them in wire baskets with fern liners. One took to it while others haven't done as well and are now being returned to a little more normal environment. Some of my outside phals like clay and chopped sphag while others like the airy palm fiber with some wood chips in the middle. It's funny how one will like almost full sun while others enjoy the shadiest indoor corner I can find for them.
Hanging sideways is a great idea to keep the water out of the crown and it's much more like their normal home in the trees. I also think they are much prettier in their normal position like that, they remind me of graceful birds. I just love the shape of the phal and most of the time dont really mind whether they bloom or not.