Mystery Seeds in the Mail

July 31, 2020 09:23 AM

We have received several calls that residents are receiving the Mystery Seeds.

DO NOT plant or throw the seeds in the garbage. We do not know what these seeds are, and there is potential for doing serious harm. The last thing you want to do is to spread a weed invasive species or disease. This is a real risk if people plant these or throw them in the garbage. Do not bring them to your local Police Department.

State and Federal authorities are working with the USDA to investigate, identify, and properly dispose of the packages.

Those who receive the seeds should do the following: 

  • Place all contents in a zip lock bag, then place the bag in an envelope or small box and mail it to:
    State Plant Health Director 
    Nick Johnson 
    3059 N. Morton St. Franklin, IN 46131

If you are unable to mail the items, do not dispose of them. Keep the seeds, packaging and mailing label and contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology at 866-663-9684 or

Anyone who has already planted seeds should not dispose of the plants or soil. Contact the Indiana DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology at the phone number and email address above.


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