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Cannabis can germinate from bird seed. It is illegal to grow (Brian Shamblen / publicdomainpictures.net; Kevin Casper / flickr.com).

Guy Barter, RHS Chief Horticulturist, told The Telegraph: "Yes, this is a Cannabis sativa plant. It is illegal to possess/cultivate it in the UK without a special licence. Some legal cultivation is allowed under licence both for pharmaceutical use and, using low cannaboid content cultivars, for seed, oil and fibre.

Barry Thorp sent in an image asking for identification of a mysterious plant in his garden and was immediately warned to destroy it as soon as possible. According to The Telegraph, the September 2019 issue of the magazine contains an email from Barry who sent a picture of the plant and asked: "Can you identify this mystery plant from my garden?".

Wild bird seed can cause illegal cannabis plants to grow in your garden, a BBC Gardeners' World expert has warned readers of the programme's magazine.

Responding in the Gardeners' Question Time section, Anne Swithinbank identified it as hemp and pointed out it is illegal to grow cannabis at home. She advised Barry to destroy it immediately – but warned against burning it.

Have you ever considered what seeds you are feeding the birds in your beautiful bird feeder that hangs at the end of your garden? Some of those seeds could be compromising the four plants that you can grow legally for yourself, and here we’re going to help you out by explaining why.

Remove the seed from the oven, and then let them cool before you store in a dry airtight glass jar.

Growing Marijuana- Tips and tricks to maintain a healthy plant

How to prevent your bird seed from sprouting

There is not much you can do about your neighbor’s bird feeders. However, there are means to help stop the bird feeders that you have around your yard from contributing to stray males in the neighbourhood. To prevent sprouting of the birdseed, you need to sterilize the birdseed. You can microwave or bake the seeds to help achieve this.

Male plants will adversely affect the four female plants you have carefully grown. The male plant pollinates the female plant and thus results in the abundance of seeds, which turns your plant into a hermaphrodite. Your wild bird food is perhaps not a good thing for the cannabis farmer.

B ird seed can cause illegal cannabis plants to grow in your garden, a BBC Gardeners’ World expert has warned readers of the programme’s magazine.

"Although it has obviously thrived in the warm summer, you had better destroy it.

Responding in the Gardeners’ Question Time section, Anne Swithinbank identified it as hemp and pointed out it is illegal to grow cannabis at home.

She advised Barry to destroy it immediately – but warned against burning it on a bonfire.

The September 2019 issue contains an email from Barry Thorp who sent a picture of the plant, and asked: "Can you identify this mystery plant from my garden?".