A Man Has Planted Some Of Those Mystery Seeds From China
Remember the mysterious seeds that were being sent from China to random people in the US, with officials warning people not to plant them? Well, some guy from Arkansas missed the announcement and now has them growing in his garden.
Doyle Crenshawn is one of the many people to have been sent a package of seeds from China completely out the blue.
Officials in the US have warned anyone who gets sent them not to plant them as they think the seeds could potentially pose a risk to the country's flora and fauna.
However, Doyle, who received the seeds two months ago, had already planted them and says the results are pretty spectacular.
He told 5 News: "Every two weeks I'd come by and put Miracle-Gro on it, and they just started growing like crazy."
He added: "The package said it was from China and said 'studded earrings' on the outside, and we thought that was a little odd."
As yet, it's still not known what the plant actually is, but Doyle says his has white fruit and orange flowers, which some people are comparing to a squash plant.
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Authorities have now said they will come to collect the plant and carry out some tests to help identify it.
Explaining why people are being urged not to plant them, Scott Bray of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture said: "Our concern is from an invasive-pest aspect; these seeds could introduce an invasive weed or an invasive insect pest or a plant disease."
But the US Department of Agriculture reckons the seeds might actually be part of a 'brushing scam' - a ploy in which someone aims to boost their product ratings by sending an inexpensive item to an unwitting person and then posting a fake review on that person's behalf.
A post on Whitehouse Police Department's Facebook warned: "Although not directly dangerous, we would still prefer that people contact us to properly dispose of the seeds."
It's not just Arkansas either - warnings have been issued across all 50 states, and there have been 630 instances in Florida alone.
In Texas around 200 residents have received the packages.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller told Fox 4: "We don't want people opening those up, don't put them in the mail, certainly don't plant them. Contact us. Let us pick them up. Treat them like they are radioactive like they are Kryptonite."
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