Mysterious seeds from China disturb farmers across the nation, triggering a nationwide investigation into the awkward delivery.
A great harvest is the dream of every farmer. Crops are not always successful, and things can go terribly wrong overnight. Heavy rains and drought can definitely destroy a year-worth effort.
Being given a chance to grow unstoppable crops seems brilliant. Doyle Crenshaw thought the same when he received the mystery seeds from China. The parcel was labeled as containing jewelry.
Crenshaw received a parcel full of seeds. What did he do next? He planted the seeds.
“The package said it was from China and said ‘studded earrings’ on the outside, and we thought that was a little odd.”
Crenshaw was too curious to get rid of the seeds. The outcome was shocking. “Every two weeks I’d come by and put Miracle-Gro on it, and they just started growing like crazy.”
The plant was growing so big that authorities had to remove it for further investigation.
The giant had big orange blossoms and white, oblong fruits. If you take a closer look, you’d notice that the fruits look like squash. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture led the investigation into the giant plant.
“Our concern is from an invasive pest aspect, these seeds could introduce an invasive weed, or an invasive insect pest or a plant disease,” said Scott Bray, of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.
People of 27 states reported receiving similar packages. To make things even more hilarious, none of them had made an order. There were multiple reports of people from Washington, Colorado, Kentucky, Nevada, and even Texas.
Citizens are now warned not to open their packages because they are part of a “brushing scam.” In other words, Crenshaw’s name may pop on a nice “Amazon review for a double-wide, XL squash vines.”
Recipients should report the package to the state’s plant regulatory official or APHIS state plant health director.