Filter paper types significantly affected the growth, development and differentiation of chrysanthemum and tobacco stem thin cell layers (TCLs) from in vitro plantlets. Three different filter paper types, normally with varied uses in plant biology, showed varying morphogenic-altering and antibiotic-buffering capacities. Advantec #2 and Whatman #1 significantly stimulated root, shoot and callus formation while Whatman #3 inhibited them, as compared to TCLs placed directly on agar. Filter paper buffered the phytotoxic effect of antibiotics kanamycin and cefotaxime, substances commonly used in genetic transformation experiments, up to as much as 50%, independent of species or genotype. In both `Lineker' and `Shuhou-no-chikara' chrysanthemum cultivars, Advantec #2 and Whatman #1 filter papers stimulated embryogenesis but in tobacco all three filter paper types significantly reduced embryogenesis and explant survival.