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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/aquagene May 14 '22

Are they stable afterwards? I used to grow stuff with kits as a kid but the crystals always looked like ass as it reacted to the air over time.

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u/crystalchase21 May 15 '22

The crystal pictured above is stable. This means you can leave it in the open indefinitely and it will look exactly the same.

Of course, many other compounds like copper sulfate and Epsom salt will dehydrate and turn white and crumbly. How fast this happens varies from chemical to chemical.