I have been growing orchids for years. Last year a friend of mine purchased a phal. at some store . It wasn't in bloom when she purchased it. I asked her how she was taking care of it and not to overwater the plant. She said watering wasn't a problem because she puts ice cubes on top of the plant's media once a week. I told her that she wasn't supposed to do that. She said OK. I knew from her quick response that she wasn't going to change her watering method. About eight months ago she brought the plant to show me how it was doing. That plant had eight gigantic white blooms. She showed me the tag that came with the plant that says put ice cubes on the media. After a couple of months, the blooms faded away. She continued with her ice cube culture. Well, about two months ago I gave her a baby plant that hasn't bloomed and the mother plant put out that baby instead of buds. I have the name of the cross but no idea what color the blooms will be. The baby plant was putting out numerous healthy roots when I cut it and potted it up for her. The cross is a mini phal. I saw her today and she had both of her plants. Her white one was loaded with blooms and the baby had three small orange blooms. I was happy for her and I told her to keep doing what she was doing because it worked for her. I'm still not putting any ice cubes on my phals. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing because mine are thriving. I'm just surprised by the ice cube method of growing.