Bone Meal

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Bone Meal
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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.



Ingredients Crafting recipe

Bone Block




Like all other dyes, bone meal can be:

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Bone Block Bone Meal

Gray Dye Ink Sac +
Bone Meal
Light Blue Dye Lapis Lazuli +
Bone Meal
Light Gray Dye Ink Sac +
Bone Meal
Light Gray Dye Gray Dye +
Bone Meal
Lime Dye Cactus Green +
Bone Meal
Magenta Dye Lapis Lazuli +
Bone Meal +
Rose Red
Pink Dye Rose Red +
Bone Meal
White Balloon
(Bedrock Edition 1.2.20)
Latex +
Bone Meal +
Helium +

[Bedrock and Education editions only]
White Bed Any Bed +
Bone Meal

A bed of any color can be re-dyed using dyes.[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only]
White Concrete Powder Bone Meal +
Sand +
White Firework Star Gunpowder +
Bone Meal +
Head or
Gold Nugget or
Feather or
Fire Charge +
Glowstone Dust +

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 Glow Stick Polyethylene +
Hydrogen Peroxide +
Bone Meal +
White Shulker Box Any Shulker Box +
Bone Meal

White Stained Glass Glass +
Bone Meal
White Terracotta Terracotta +
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


Bone meal can also be used on the following plants, to increase growth stage on them.

Plant Action




The plant will grow 2–5 growth stages.

The plant has a 75% chance of growing to the next growth stage.

Melon seeds

Pumpkin seeds

The planted stem will grow 2–5 growth stages. Bone meal only affects the stem's growth; it will not cause melons or pumpkins to sprout from a mature stem.

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 block
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 Flower § Flower biomes for more information.



Rose bush


The corresponding item form will drop, without destroying the original plant.

Tall grass


Sea grass
[upcoming 1.13]

A one-block-high tall grass, fern, or sea grass[upcoming 1.13] (that is on dirt, grass, or farmland) will grow into a two-block-high tall grass or fern.

Has a 40% chance of growing into a
huge mushroom
if on dirt, coarse dirt, grass, podzol or mycelium.

The cocoa plant will grow 1 growth stage.

Sugar canes
[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only]
The sugar cane will grow to maximum height (three blocks tall). Bone meal doesn't affect this in the Java Edition.

[Bedrock Edition only]
One-block-high flowers will make more flowers grow in the surrounding area. Dandelions will produce dandelions, and other flowers will produce poppies. Bone meal doesn't affect this in the Java Edition or Legacy Console Editions.
Any non-transparent underwater block[upcoming 1.13] Using bone meal on a non-transparent block that is underwater will generate sea grass on that block and its surrounding blocks. In order for this to work, there must be 2 water blocks above the block the bone meal is being used on, and the lower one must be non-flowing water.

Bone meal does not affect:

Data values[edit]

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



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.
1.4.2 12w34a Bone meal can be used to dye leather armor and tamed wolf's collar.
1.4.6 12w49a Bone meal can be crafted with gunpowder to create a firework star.
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]
1.10 16w20a Bone meal can now be used to craft bone blocks.
1.13 18w07a Bone meal can now be used underwater to create sea grass.
18w14b Bone meal can be used to spread sea pickles.
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.
Pocket Edition
1.1.3 build 1 Bone meal can now be used to craft bone blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Added bone meal.
TU19CU71.12No longer instantly grows crops to full size.


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


  • 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.


See also[edit]


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