Seed-grown Philodendron Spiritus Sancti vs Tissue-Cultured

Seed-grown Philodendron Spiritus Sancti vs Tissue-Cultured

Philodendron Spiritus Sancti (PSS) has always been a hot topic in the rare plant community! Native to Brazil, PSS has been a victim of poaching, habitat clearing, and is commonly regarded as endangered in the wild. With leaves that can grow up to 60 inches long in some cases, this hemiepiphyte is a sought out plant collector's item. 

When selling a plant that is valued as much as the PSS, people have questions! I will aim to answer them here! 

Seed grown? 

Yes! These plants have been ethically sourced from a reputable grower in Brazil that has been one of the first people known to be able to germinate the PSS and has been growing them for years. 

Why is seed grown different from tissue cultured?

With seed-grown PSS, you get the benefit of genetic variability! This means that not only will your PSS be able to mature into producing its own seeds one day, it will also have the possibility of being variegated. Some seed-grown PSS have been already shown to produce sport variegation! Seed grown PSS can also form and develop into the many varieties of PSS that are shown all over the internet! Such as narrow form, wide form, redback, etc. Usually, these varieties are shown in propagated PSS - it has not yet been documented in tissue-cultured PSS.

Who knows, maybe there is another variety of PSS that has yet to be seen 👀 (Mint PSS anyone?) 

How can I tell it is a Philodendron Spiritus Sancti?

Not only have I DNA tested it; even in its seedling form, the PSS still has the characteristic "bunny ears" and common structure of more mature PSS 


The PSS offered here through Philomania have the same markers as all other photographed juvenile forms of the PSS. Such as bunny ears (pictured above), triangular shape with a pointed "tail", speckled petioles and short inter nodes 


We love hearing that people are wondering about the DNA of our seed-grown PSS because it is very easy to cross-contaminate pollen when it comes to philodendron reproduction. The grower of our seed grown PSS is an expert in his field and isolated the plants before the plants were ready for reproduction!    

Isn't it hard to export plants from Brazil?
How is this ethically sourced? 

Yes! Yes, it is.

Every step of the process to germinate, grow and export these plants has been monitored very diligently by various officers of Governo do Brasil, Ministério da Agricultura (Government of Brazil, Ministry of Agriculture). Due to the history of poaching of this plant and others in Brazil, the Brazilian government has very strict policies over exporting plants, especially the PSS in particular. 

The export permit for our PSS states that it is a PSS! This is important because the government of Brazil does not let such packages declare this and leave the country easily. Poachers in the past, and even now, put false names on the export permit so that they can ship the plant out of the country illegally.  Always ask to see the export permit from Brazil!


Are Philodendron Spiritus Sancti hard to care for?

Surprisingly, no! PSS are Hemiepiphytes. To make a long science lesson short, they are similar in care to orchids and various anthuriums. Think - this is a plant that grows on the side of trees, and care for it accordingly! Do not keep the roots too wet for too long, make sure to root it in an airy mix, give it humidity and ventilation, and watch it grow! Mature PSS will slow down in the speed it grows but; at this size, they are pretty quick growers with a new leaf coming out two weeks!

Do you have pictures of the mother plants? 

Yes! Here they are 

 How is it shipped? 

Each plant from my Premium Plant collection is shipped overnight thermal packing and a heat pack. Overnight shipping tends to have temperature controlled settings - but I cannot guarantee this or what temperature they put it to, so I adding the heat pack for good measure. 

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