This is the third or fourth blog post I have seen in the past 2 or 3 weeks about garderners receiving ‘unsolicited’ seed packages that seem to be coming from China.
Mysterious packages of seeds sent from China are appearing in people’s mailboxes unsolicited.
The packages are coming in all different shapes and sizes and are sometimes delivered under the guise of jewelry.
Washington, Louisiana, Kansas, Florida, Oklahoma and Colorado Department of Agriculture is warning residents not to plant, throw away, or open the seeds.
Cheryl Smith, a specialist for the Colorda department, said “allowing the seeds to grow could be harmful to local ecosystems. They could be an invasive species here in the United States.
If they were to grow and survive, then they could also attract pests that we are not familiar with and don’t have already. Which could then attack other agriculture crops that we do have.”
Even worse the seeds could produce plants, folage, seeds and fruits that are poisonous to children, pets, livestock and poultry if eaten.
If you receive a Unsolicited seed package.
Do keep all packaging and mail/shipping labels. These can assist investigators to trace the source of Unsolicited seed packages.
Do call your county or state department of agriclture and request they pick-up the unsolicited seed package(s).
Do Not open unsolicited seed packages.
Do Not plant unsolicited seed.
Do Not dispose of unsolicited seed package(s) in trash bins.
Do Not flush unsolicited seed in your toilet.
Do Not throw unsolicited seed packages in your compost pile.
Agriculture departments in other states including Washington, Louisiana and Kansas have reported similar events.