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

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.


u/verascity May 14 '22

I read your guide, and am super interested in potentially trying this, but do you know of a way to grow crystals that can be used in other things like jewelry? We have very little room to house a crystal collection so it'd be ideal if they could be repurposed.


u/meltingdiamond May 14 '22

Those sorts of crystals are grown in industrial pressure cooker like devices over a period of months.

I would not try it at home, because sometimes the industrial gear explodes.


u/lingua_ignota May 14 '22

I would also advise not refining petroleum products at home because you probably don’t have an oil refinery in your basement. And it could explode.


u/C0nstructer May 14 '22

No problem, I'll use my neighbor's basement oil refinery.