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Sherman woman receives, plants mystery seeds from China

A Sherman woman received seeds in a package from China that she did not order, and planted them before she realized something wasn't right.
A Sherman woman received seeds in a package from China that she did not order, and planted them before she realized something wasn't right.(kxii)
Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 6:34 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - A Sherman woman received seeds in a package from China that she did not order, and planted them before she realized something wasn’t right.

“On the package, it says rose stud earrings, and in the package was a package of seeds,” Patricia Smith said.

Smith lives in Sherman and said she got the package back in April.

Originally she thought it may have been a gift from someone in a gift exchange group that she’s part of.

“And nobody had sent me any earrings like that so I don’t know I just had a weird feeling about it,” Smith said.

But Smith said she has a green thumb and dozens of plants, so she planted five of the seeds.

“And I planted them in a pot, they never came up, so I didn’t think any more of it,” Smith said.

Smith said months later she heard about other people getting seeds in the mail from China like she did, without ordering anything

She contacted a Grayson County agriculture agent who told her what to do.

“Put everything in Ziplock bags, keep it outside of my house, when I’m handling these Ziplock bags I even wear gloves,” Smith said.

Smith said she emailed the USDA and is waiting to hear back on what to do with the soil and seeds.

She said she is glad she planted the seeds in a pot because the seeds could contaminate the soil, according to the USDA.

Smith said she believes that’s what happened to the soil where she planted her seeds.

“About a month later I panted some moss in there and the moss died, and moss grows everywhere,” Smith said.

Smith said she re-planted the moss in fresh soil and it grew exactly how it was supposed to.

She said she will be more cautious in the future.

“If I get anything from anywhere that I don’t know where it came from, I’m not going to do it anymore especially when it comes to planting,” Smith said.

Anyone who receives these unsolicited seeds from China should notify the USDA immediately.

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