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Is this an acorn growing or something else? Photo.

Just over a month ago I saw this just laying on the surface in the garden. That is to say, no part of it was in the soil. However, it had roots growing from one end and a tiny shoot from the other end.

I brought in the house and planted it in a pot as I was curious about what it actually was. At the time I did not think it was an acorn but something else. It is the size of an acorn but is it something else? It looks a bit strange. Especially the bit growing on the side.


  • It looks like a bulb of some sort.  Not an acorn. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,110
    Any time I find a small-ish stray bulb lying around on the surface, it's a spanish bluebell offshoot. That's what yours looks like to me.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,616
    Me too.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Not a good thing to have apparently.

    • Listed as a Schedule 9 species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is an offence to plant or allow to spread into the wild,
    • Offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 can result in possible fines and prison sentences,
    • It is not an offence to have Spanish bluebells or the hybrids on your land and you do not need to notify anyone on its presence.
    • Soils containing the plant are classified as controlled waste and should be disposed of at licensed landfill'. :o
  • BiljeBilje Posts: 771
    I think it’s more likely to be Muscari ..Grape Hyacinth. Those bulbs produce several leaves at this time of year whereas Bluebells don’t produce leaves in winter. 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,110
    They might shoot early when potted up and brought into the house. I never tried that - any I get my hands on go straight in the council green bin.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • young codgeryoung codger Posts: 543
    edited December 2022
    I'll keep it growing to the point where there is more unidentifiable growth on it. 

    We need to be sure what it is. I don't want to be sent to an hmp. :D I might be set to work in the garden area.
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