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Arkansas Man Planted Mystery Seeds Delivered From China To Grow Massive Unstoppable Fruit

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 05 Aug 2020 14:46
Arkansas Man Planted Mystery Seeds Delivered From China To Grow Massive Unstoppable FruitArkansas Man Planted Mystery Seeds Delivered From China To Grow Massive Unstoppable Fruit5News/Whitehouse Police Department

Last month many people in the US reported receiving packages of strange seeds from China. Though advised not to, one man planted his, and they’ve grown into a huge, unstoppable fruit.

Doyle Crenshawn, from Arkansas, is one of the many people in the country to have received a mysterious package from China containing the seeds. Government officials told people not to plant the seeds due to concerns they could be an invasive species, but Crenshawn had already planted his by the time this advice came out.

Crenshawn received the seeds in the post two months ago, and said curiosity took over so decided to see what would happen. He said: ‘Every two weeks I’d come by and put Miracle-Gro on it, and they just started growing like crazy.’

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Check out of the size of the plants here:

While it’s still unknown what exactly the plant is, Crenshawn’s is currently boasting large white fruits and orange flowers, which some are comparing to a squash plant. Authorities are coming to remove the plant to do further tests on it to try determine what species it is.

Many of the random packages received from China reportedly were labelled as containing jewellery. Crenshawn said: ‘The package said it was from China and said ‘studded earrings’ on the outside, and we thought that was a little odd.’

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Scott Bray of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture explained why there were concerns about the seeds. He 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.’

Doyle Doyle 5NEWS

Despite ongoing worries about the packages and seeds, officials have said they believe that they’re part of something known as a ‘brushing scam’.

A statement on the Whitehouse Police Department’s Facebook explained 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.’

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They added:

Although not directly dangerous, we would still prefer that people contact us to properly dispose of the seeds.

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Arkansas isn’t the only state to have seen the odd packages. As of last month, 27 states including Washington, Colorado, Kentucky, Nevada and Texas, had reported people received such packages they had not ordered. Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported they had received over 900 emails from people who had the packages delivered to them.

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Anyone who has received such a package is advised to not open it and to contact the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Anti-Smuggling hotline at 1-800-877-3835 for additional guidance.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: News, America, Arkansas, China, delivery, Doyle Crenshawn, Now, package, Parcel, Seeds, USA

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