Bone Meal

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Bone Meal
Bone Meal.png
Type

Dyes

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 35115 hex: 15F15 bin: 10101111115

Name

See Data values

Bone meal is a material that can be used as a dye [until 1.14], as well as a fertilizer for most plants.

Obtaining[edit]

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Bone

3
Bone Block

9

Fish[edit]

All 4 fish mob variants have a 5% chance to drop 1 bone meal upon death.‌[Java Edition only]

Usage[edit]

Dye [until 1.14][edit]

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
[until 1.14]
Light Blue Dye Lapis Lazuli +
Bone Meal
[until 1.14]
Light Gray Dye Gray Dye +
Bone Meal
[until 1.14]
Light Gray Dye Ink Sac +
Bone Meal
[until 1.14]
Lime Dye Cactus Green +
Bone Meal
[until 1.14]
Magenta Dye Lapis Lazuli +
Bone Meal +
Rose Red
[until 1.14]
Pink Dye Rose Red +
Bone Meal
[until 1.14]
White Balloon Latex +
Bone Meal +
Helium +
Lead

[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 Carpet White Carpet +
Bone Meal
[upcoming 1.14]
White Concrete Powder Bone Meal +
Sand +
Gravel
White Dye Bone Meal

[upcoming 1.14]
White Firework Star Gunpowder +
Bone Meal +
Head or
Gold Nugget or
Feather or
Fire Charge +
Glowstone Dust +
Diamond


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 Shulker Box Shulker Box or
Any Shulker Box +
Bone Meal


White Stained Glass Glass +
Bone Meal
White Stained Glass Pane Glass Pane +
Bone Meal
[upcoming 1.14]
White Terracotta Terracotta +
Bone Meal
White Wool Any Wool +
Bone Meal


[Bedrock Edition only]
White Banner pattern Bone Meal +
Banner


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]

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

Plant Action
Wheat

Carrots

Potatoes

The plant will grow 2–5 growth stages.
Beetroots The plant has a 75% chance of growing to the next growth stage.
Bamboo[upcoming BE 1.8] Grows the bamboo by one stem.
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.
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.
Sunflowers

Lilacs

Rose bushes

Peonies

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

Ferns

Seagrass

A one-block-high tall grass, fern, or seagrass (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, coarse dirt, grass, podzol or mycelium.
Cocoa The cocoa plant will grow 1 growth stage.
Sweet berry bush[upcoming 1.14] Grows every stage.
Sugar cane[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.
Kelp[Bedrock Edition only] The kelp plant will grow a random amount of blocks tall, unless the top reaches age 24.
Flower[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.

Bone meal does not affect:

Creating new plants[edit]

If bone meal is used on a 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.

Using bone meal on a non-transparent block that is underwater will generate seagrass on that block and its surrounding blocks. Sometimes, coral will be generated in its place instead, or if in a warm ocean biome, coral fans may have a chance to generate as well.‌[Java Edition only] 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.

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Item ID Name
Bone Meal bone_meal

Bedrock Edition:

Item ID Name Numeral ID
Bone Meal dye 351

In bedrock edition bone meal has the ID name 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
16 Black Dye
17 Brown Dye
18 Blue Dye
19 White Dye

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Beta
1.2 Bone meal added.
1.6.6 Bone meal can now be applied on grass blocks.
1.8 Pre-release Bone meal can be used on mushrooms to make Huge Mushrooms, and the block the mushroom is on changes to dirt.
Pre-release 2 ;) Bone meal can now be applied on pumpkin and melon seed items.
Java Edition
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 now 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 17w47a The different data values for the dye ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 351.
18w07a Bone meal can now be used underwater to create seagrass.
18w14b Bone meal can now be used for spreading sea pickles.
1.13.1 18w31a Bone meal used in water of warm ocean biomes now has a chance of growing coral.
Fish mobs now have a chance of dropping bone meal upon death.
18w32a Bone meal used in water of warm ocean biomes now has a chance of growing coral fans.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Bone meal is now used to craft white dye.
Bone meal can no longer be used as a dye.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.3 Added bone meal.
0.8.0 build 2 Bone meal no longer instantly grows crops to full size.
build 5 Pumpkin and melon stems will now only grow by one when bone meal is used.
Some flowers will now spawn certain other flowers when bone meal is used on them.
Bone meal can now grow ferns and tall grass in Survival and Creative.
Bone meal can now grow sugar canes to maximum height.
0.14.0 build 1 Bone meal can now be used from dispensers.
Bone meal can now be used to dye water in cauldrons.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Bone meal can now be used to dye shulkers.
1.1 build 1 Bone meal can now be used to craft white concrete powder, white beds and white shulker boxes.
1.1.3 build 1 Bone meal can now be used to craft bone blocks.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 build 1 Bone meal can now be used to craft white stained glass.
Bone meal can now be used to craft firework stars.
Bone meal can now be used to create banner patterns.
1.2.14 build 1 Bone meal can now be used underwater for growing seagrass and coral.
1.2.20 build 1 Bone meal can now be used for spreading sea pickles.
Bone meal can now be used to craft white balloons and white glow sticks.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.8 beta 1.8.0.8 Bone meal can now be used to grow bamboo.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Added bone meal.
TU19CU71.12Bone meal will no longer instantly grow crops to full size.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

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