Man grows unstoppable plant after sowing mysterious seeds from China
Mysterious, unsolicited seeds from China are being shipped to the US and delivered to people’s homes.
Doyle Crenshawn from Arkansas received a package of these strange seeds and sowed them; now, they have grown into a huge, unstoppable plant with large white fruit and orange flowers. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has warned people not to plant the mysterious seeds as they fear that they could be an invasive species. According to UNILAD, Crenshawn had received the seeds two months ago and had planted them out of curiosity: ‘Every two weeks I’d come by and put Miracle-Gro on it, and they just started growing like crazy’. Moreover, Crenshawn commented on the package he had received, claiming that it was labeled as containing “studded earrings” from China.
Authorities will be removing Crenshawn’s plant in order to do tests.
Scott Bray of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture has reportedly explained that there are concerns regarding the mysterious seeds: ‘Our concern is from an invasive-pest aspect; these seeds could introduce an invasive weed or an invasive insect pest or a plant disease’. Nevertheless, officials seem to believe that this could be part of what is known as a ‘brushing scam’. According to UNILAD, the Whitehouse Police Department has explained that a brushing scam is ‘an exploit by a vendor used to bolster product ratings and increase visibility online by shipping an inexpensive product to an unwitting receiver and then submitting positive reviews on the receiver’s behalf under the guise of a verified owner.’
The seeds have been delivered to a number of states.
UNILAD explains that as of last month, there have been reports of these mysterious seeds in 27 different states. In addition to this, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has reportedly received over 900 emails from people who have received these strange, unsolicited packages.
If you receive such a package, do not open it and contact the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Anti-Smuggling hotline at 1-800-877-3835.