Bone Meal

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Bone Meal


Wool dyes


15 (Data)




Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 35115 hex: 15F15 bin: 10101111115


dye 15

Bone meal is a material that can be used as a dye as well as a fertilizer for most plants.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe



Usage[edit | edit source]

Dye[edit | edit source]

Like all other dyes, bone meal can be:

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Pink Dye

Rose Red +
Bone Meal

Light Gray Dye

Ink Sac +
Bone Meal

Light Gray Dye

Gray Dye +
Bone Meal

Lime Dye

Cactus Green +
Bone Meal

Light Blue Dye

Lapis Lazuli +
Bone Meal

Magenta Dye

Lapis Lazuli +
Bone Meal +
Rose Red

White Firework Star

Gunpowder +
Bone Meal +
Diamond or
Glowstone Dust or
Head or
Gold Nugget or
Feather or
Fire Charge

Up to eight dyes can be added.
Up to one of any head, a gold nugget, a feather, or a fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.

White Stained Glass

Glass +
Bone Meal

White Stained Clay

Hardened Clay +
Bone Meal

Gray Dye

Ink Sac +
Bone Meal

White Banner pattern

Bone Meal +

White Banner image

Bone Meal +
Banner +
Vines or
Bricks or
Creeper Head or
Wither Skeleton Skull or
Oxeye Daisy or
Enchanted Golden Apple

Fertilizer[edit | edit source]

  • Seeds, potatoes, carrots: The plant will grow 2–5 growth stages.
  • Beetroots: The plant has a 75% chance of growing to the next growth stage.
  • Melon and pumpkin seeds: The planted stem will grow 2–5 growth stages. Bone meal only affects the stem itself; it will not cause melons or pumpkins to sprout from a mature stem.
  • Saplings: The sapling has a 45% chance of growing to the next growth stage, if possible. Saplings have two growth stages (with no visible difference between them) before growing into trees as the third stage. A tree will not grow if the sapling is not planted in proper ground or if sufficient space is not available.
  • Grass blocks: Tall grass, and usually a few flowers, will form on the targeted block and on randomly-selected adjacent grass blocks up to 7 blocks away (taxicab distance). The flowers that appear are dependent on the biome, meaning that in order to obtain specific flowers, the player must travel to biomes where the flowers are found naturally. See flowers for more information.
  • Sunflowers, lilacs, rose bushes, and peonies: The the corresponding item form will drop, without destroying the original plant.
  • Tall grass and ferns: A one-block-high tall grass or fern (that is on dirt, grass, or farmland) will grow into a two-block-high tall grass or fern.
  • Mushrooms: Has a 40% chance of growing into a huge mushroom if on dirt, grass, podzol or mycelium.
  • Cocoa: The cocoa plant will grow 1 growth stage.
  • Sugar canes: On the Pocket Edition only, bone meal grows sugar cane to maximum height (three blocks tall).
  • Flowers: In Pocket Edition, using bone meal on some flowers will make poppies and dandelions grow in the surrounding area.

Bone meal does not work on cacti, vines, nether wart, or other plants not listed above.

Data values[edit | edit source]

Bone meal has the ID name minecraft:dye, with a data value of 15.

DV Description

0 Ink Sac

1 Rose Red

2 Cactus Green

3 Cocoa Beans

4 Lapis Lazuli

5 Purple Dye

6 Cyan Dye

7 Light Gray Dye

8 Gray Dye

9 Pink Dye

10 Lime Dye

11 Dandelion Yellow

12 Light Blue Dye

13 Magenta Dye

14 Orange Dye

15 Bone Meal

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.2 Bone meal added.
1.6.6 Bone meal can now be applied on grass blocks.
1.8 1.8-pre1 Bone meal can be used on mushrooms to make Huge Mushrooms, and the block the mushroom is on changes to dirt.
1.8-pre2 Bone meal can now be applied on pumpkin and melon seeds.
Official release
1.3.1 12w19a Bone meal can now be applied on cocoa beans.
12w25a Fixed being able to use bone meal in dark rooms.
? A fully grown crop can no longer accept bone meal.[citation needed].
1.4.2 12w34a Bone meal can be used to dye leather armor and tamed wolf's collar.
1.5 13w04a Bone meal is significantly nerfed.

Wheat, melon and pumpkin seeds, potatoes and carrots: one bone meal is consumed for all seven stages of growth. (Melon and pumpkin seeds do not spawn right away)
Saplings: one bone meal is consumed for each of the two growth stages then it will grow into a tree
Cocoa pods: one bone meal is consumed for each of the three stages of growth.

Green particles are now displayed when bone meal is used.
Bone meal can be used from dispensers.
13w05a Adjusted balancing of bone meal. Growing a plant to its last state now takes on average 2-5 uses of bonemeal (results vary from plant to plant).[1]
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.3 Added bone meal.
0.8.0 build 2 No longer instantly grows crops to full size.
build 5 Pumpkin and melon stems only grow by one when bone meal is used
Some flowers now spawn certain other flowers when bone meal is used on them.
Can grow ferns and tall grass in Survival and Creative.
Now grows sugar canes to maximum height.
Console Edition
TU1 Added bonemeal.
TU19 No longer instantly grows crops to full size.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added bone meal.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to "Bone Meal" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Bone meal can be used on the sides or bottom of a grass block, as well as on a grass block with plants already on top of it.
  • Regardless of if it succeeds in fertilizing, bone meal makes green sparkles. However, like smoke from a torch, the sparkles only appear if the player has particles set All or Decreased.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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