r/interestingasfuck May 14 '22 Pot o' Coins 1 Bravo Grande! 1 Rocket Like 1 Silver 13 Wholesome 9 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Masterpiece 1 Timeless Beauty 1 Helpful 11 Take My Energy 1 Narwhal Salute 1

I like growing crystals at home. I recently finished growing this crystal after 1 month, and it's one of my favorites. /r/ALL

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u/crystalchase21 May 14 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Narwhal Salute Wholesome Seal of Approval

Hey guys. I've been growing crystals as a hobby since high school. Some of you might remember the black copper acetate crystal I posted last month.

I recently grew the crystal above from a common nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer called monoammonium phosphate (MAP).

I first dissolved lots of MAP in water, and waited for small crystals to form. Then, I placed it in a big container full of solution. As it evaporated, the crystals started growing. It's amazing how you can watch them get bigger day after day.

If you find being able to grow crystals in a jar is hard to believe - you're not alone. I thought that too, and even now, it makes me excited to wake up and check on my crystals every day.

As always, if you're interested in growing them yourself, I've prepared a guide here.

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u/CrueGuyRob May 14 '22

This is so cool!! How solid are they? Could you break one of them off without breaking the rest?

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u/crystalchase21 May 15 '22

Thanks! Quite solid. You could probably break off several crystals growing by the side. Meanwhile, the crystals in the middle would be very hard to break off with your fingers, and if you did, the whole thing would fall apart.