Can someone please help me identify the smaller plant in the photo? It sprouted all of a sudden, and I want to be sure it isn't harming the larger bromeliad(?) plant.

(I'm not sure if the main plant is a bromeliad, but that was what I was told when I inherited it)

Image of two leafy green plants of unknown origin

Edit: Here is the best picture I could get of the acorn

Picture of an acorn

  • Has this pot spent some time outside? It would appear that somone planted an acorn - usual suspects being squirrels.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Jul 1, 2023 at 3:43
  • Gently excavate and you will know if it’s a oak, most of the acorn will still be there Commented Jul 1, 2023 at 6:28
  • I used some soil from my potted plants outside, and confirmed its an acorn... So now I need to figure out how to replant it into a seperate pot Commented Jul 2, 2023 at 4:04

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That appears to be an oak tree. It's a little too young to tell for sure whether it's in the white oak or black oak group.

  • Yup, I found the acorn after I did some careful digging! Do I need to do anything special to avoid killing it while replanting? Commented Jul 2, 2023 at 4:05
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    It'll have a tap root, so I suggest working from the outside of the pot, using a relatively flexible spatula, if possible, to gently excavate the soil down to the bottom of the pot while protecting the roots as best you can. The tap root may be a bit tangled in the bromeliad roots as well. Alternatively, unpot everything in a single root ball and work with the oak that way, then repot the bromeliad.
    – Jurp
    Commented Jul 2, 2023 at 10:37

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