Posted: 12/02/2014 at 10:20
Agree with stargaze.
All my phalaenopsis orchids are in bark chipping and also in transparent pots, as the roots are also able to photosynthesise, so that way they get some light.
They hate being stood in water and, if in compost additionally, can rot very quickly.
To water mine, I stand them in a sink filled with an inch or so of water, for an hour. They absorb the water they need up from the base, which means their growing medium isn't saturated.
They like a light spot, but not direct sunlight or drafts.
When flowering has finished, I cut the flowering stem back to about 20cm from the base.
I also feed mine with orchid feed during the spring and summer.