A few weeks back, while perusing my seed catalogs, I decided to do an online search for different colors of gomphrena and celosia. I love these two flower breeds as they dry beautifully and their colors last.
I found a website "USA Garden Center" dot com. The website said they were located in Fresno, CA, so I went ahead and ordered some seeds.
Yesterday this arrived:
(from China... of all places) You might notice that the packets are not actually labeled... just seeds with a little scribble on the label as to the color. I would never have intentionally ordered seeds from China and I am pretty sure that it is illegal to import seeds from China. That would explain the customs declaration on the back of the envelope that declares the contents to be "headwear".
I immediately emailed the USDA and asked what I should do. I know that the seeds must be disposed of to prevent the proliferation of invasive species.... and God knows what else might be in those packets. The email that I received back referred me to our local USDA office. I will be sending the seeds to the USDA with a cover letter explaining how it is I came to possess them. I am hoping that they can do something to shut down the website. At least I know the seeds will be disposed of properly.
Lesson learned: I will only order seeds from the catalogs that I receive in the mail from now on.