Bone Meal

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Bone Meal
Bone Meal JE3 BE3.png
Rarity color

Common

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Bone meal is a material that can be used as a fertilizer for most plants, as well as a crafting ingredient for dyes.

Obtaining[edit]

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Bone

3
Bone Block

9

Fish[edit]

All 4 fish mob variants (cod, salmon, tropical fish, and pufferfish) have a 5% chance to drop 1 bone meal upon death ‌[Java Edition only]. In bedrock edition, they drop bones instead.

Composters[edit]

When a composter is completely filled, a single bone meal drops the next time the composter is used.

Trading[edit]

Wandering traders sell 3 bone meal for an emerald.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Usage[edit]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Bone Block Bone Meal

Gray Dye Ink Sac or
Black Dye +
Bone Meal
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Gunpowder Coal or
Charcoal +
Sulfur +
Bone Meal
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Light Blue Dye Lapis Lazuli or
Blue Dye +
Bone Meal
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Lime Dye Green Dye +
Bone Meal
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Magenta Dye Lapis Lazuli or
Blue Dye +
Red Dye +
Bone Meal
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Pink Dye Red Dye +
Bone Meal
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
White Balloon Latex +
Bone Meal +
Helium +
Lead

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


[Bedrock and Education editions only]
White Concrete Powder Bone Meal +
Sand +
Gravel
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
White Dye Bone Meal

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


[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Up to eight dyes can be added.
One head, gold nugget, feather, or fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.
White Firework Star White Firework Star +
Bone Meal


[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Adds a "fade to color" effect to the firework star, overwriting any existing fades.
Up to eight dyes can be added.
White Glow Stick Polyethylene +
Hydrogen Peroxide +
Bone Meal +
Luminol

[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Light gray dye creates a glitched glow stick called item.glow_stick.silver.name.[1]
White Shulker Box Any Shulker Box +
Bone Meal


[Bedrock and Education editions only]
White Stained Glass Glass +
Bone Meal
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
White Stained Glass Pane Glass Pane +
Bone Meal
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
White Terracotta Terracotta +
Bone Meal
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
White Wool Any Wool +
Bone Meal


[Bedrock and Education editions only]

In Bedrock Edition, bone meal can be also used in banner patterns:

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
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
Enchanted Golden Apple

Loom ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Loom recipe Description
White Banner pattern White Banner +
Bone Meal

Field masoned banner and bordure indented banner don't require banner patterns.‌[Java Edition only]

Bone Meal can be used as a dye.‌[Bedrock Edition only]
Note: The loom is using the Java Edition interface.

White Banner image White Banner +
Bone Meal +
Banner Pattern

Exceptions:
  1. Globe banner pattern;‌[Java Edition only]
  2. Field masoned and bordure indented banner patterns.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Bone Meal can be used as a dye.‌[Bedrock Edition only]
Note: The loom is using the Java Edition interface.

Dye[edit]

In Bedrock and Education editions, bone meal can be:

Fertilizer[edit]

Bone meal can also be used on the following plants to have a chance to increase their growth stage:

Plant Action
Wheat

Carrots

Potatoes

The plant matures 2–5 growth stages.
Beetroots The plant has a 75% chance of growing to the next growth stage.
Bamboo Grows the bamboo by 1-2 stems.
Melon seeds

Pumpkin seeds

The planted stem matures 2–5 growth stages. Bone meal affects only the stem's growth; it does 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 cannot grow unless the sapling is planted in proper ground and sufficient space is available.
Sunflowers

Lilacs

Rose bushes

Peonies

The corresponding item form drops, 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) grows 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 matures 1 growth stage.
Sweet berry bush Grows every stage.
Sea pickle If the sea pickle is on a coral block and in water at least 2 blocks deep, the sea pickle colony grows, and additional sea pickles generate nearby.
Sugar cane[BE only] The sugar cane grows to maximum height (three blocks tall). Bone meal does not affect this in Java Edition.
Kelp The kelp plant grows by 1 block per bonemeal used, up to its maximum height.
Flower (excluding wither roses)‌[Bedrock Edition only] One-block-high flowers make more flowers of the same type grow in the surrounding area. Bone meal doesn't affect this in Java Edition.
Fungus Grows into huge fungi, but only if on the respective nylium.
Weeping Vines Grows the weeping vine a few blocks downward.
Twisting Vines Grows the twisting vine a few blocks upward.

Bone meal does not affect:

Wasting bone meal[edit]

Bone meal can be used on the following objects in the following situations, consuming it without any real effect:

  • On a dark oak sapling that is not in a group of four.[2]
  • On a mushroom that is not on a block that allows it to grow into a huge mushroom.[3]
  • On a sea pickle that is already in a group of four and has no valid locations to expand to.
  • On a sea pickle that is not on a coral block.
  • On a fungus that is not on its respective nylium.

Creating new plants[edit]

If bone meal is used on a grass block, 0–8 tall grass, 8–24 grass and 0–8 flowers 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 generates seagrass on that block and its surrounding blocks. Sometimes, coral is 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.

Using bone meal upon a sea pickle on a coral block creates sea pickles. This generates sea pickles up to 3 blocks (of coral) away, so a 7( + ) X 7( + ) block (49+ blocks) of coral may be necessary, to return the most sea pickles per given bone meal attempt (more attempts grows them more numerously, exactly - including the range of it growing, like grass with heights on grass blocks - as coral and coral fans, though those others being non-solid blocks).

Using bonemeal on netherrack adjacent to nylium converts the netherrack into nylium of the same type. If both crimson and warped nylium are adjacent to the netherrack that was applied with bonemeal, there is a 50% chance that either type of nylium is created.

Using bone meal on nylium causes the corresponding roots and both types of fungi to appear on the nylium block and other nylium nearby, with the type of fungi matching the type of nylium being more common. In addition, using bonemeal on warped nylium creates nether sprouts and twisting vines.

Farmer villagers[edit]

Villagers with the farmer profession can collect bone meal from a full composter, with which they can make their crops grow faster.‌[Java Edition only][4]

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Bone Mealbone_meal item.minecraft.bone_meal

Bedrock Edition: [until BE 1.16.100]

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Bone Mealdye 351item.dye.white.name

[upcoming: BE 1.16.100]

NameNamespaced IDAlias ID (BE)Numeric ID Translation key
Bone Mealbone_meal dye / 15351item.dye.white.name

Item data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, bone meal has the ID name dye, with a data value of 15.

DV Description
0 Ink Sac
1 Red Dye
2 Green Dye
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 Yellow Dye
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

History[edit]

Java Edition Beta
1.2Bone Meal JE1 BE1.png Added bone meal.
1.6.6Bone meal can now be applied on grass blocks.
1.8Pre-releaseBone meal can now 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
1.3.112w19aBone meal can now be applied on cocoa beans.
1.3Bone Meal JE2 BE2.png The texture of bone meal has been changed.
1.4.212w34aBone meal can now be used to dye leather armor and tamed wolf's collar.
1.4.612w49aBone meal can now be crafted with gunpowder to create a firework star.
1.513w04aBone meal has been significantly nerfed.

Wheat, melon and pumpkin seeds, potatoes and carrots: one bone meal is now consumed for all seven stages of growth (melon and pumpkin seeds do not spawn right away).
Saplings: one bone meal is now consumed for each of the two growth stages, then it grows into a tree.
Cocoa pods: one bone meal is now 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.
13w05aThe balancing of bone meal has been adjusted. Growing a plant to its last state now takes on average 2-5 uses of bone meal (results vary from plant to plant).[5]
1.1016w20aBone meal can now be used to craft bone blocks.
1.1317w47aThe 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.
18w07aBone meal can now be used underwater to create seagrass.
18w14bBone meal can now be used for spreading sea pickles.
1.13.118w31aBone meal used in water of warm ocean biomes now has a chance of growing coral.
Cod, salmon, tropical fish, and pufferfish now have a chance of dropping bone meal upon death.
18w32aBone meal used in water of warm ocean biomes now has a chance of growing coral fans.
1.1418w43aBone meal can now used to craft white dye.
Bone meal can no longer be used as a dye.
Bone Meal JE3 BE3.png The texture of bone meal has been changed.
19w03aBone meal can now be obtained from composters.
1.1620w06aBone meal can now be used to grow fungi into huge fungi.
Bone meal can now be used to spread nylium onto netherrack.
20w09aUsing bone meal to grow fungi now works only on the respective nylium.
20w11aBone meal can now grow kelp, weeping vines, and twisting vines.
20w12aBone meal can now be used to grow roots, fungi, and nether sprouts on nylium.
20w13aFarmers can now use bone meal to grow the crops.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.3Bone Meal JE1 BE1.png Added bone meal.
0.8.0build 2Bone Meal JE2 BE2.png The texture of bone meal has been changed.
Bone meal no longer instantly grows crops to full size.
build 5Pumpkin and melon stems now grow by only one stage when bone meal is used.
Some flowers 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.
0.9.0build 11Bone meal can now be used to dye tamed wolf collars.
0.14.0build 1Bone meal can now be used from dispensers.
Bone meal can now be used to dye water in cauldrons.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Bone meal can now be used to dye shulkers.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Bone meal can now be used to craft white concrete powder, white beds and white shulker boxes.
1.1.3alpha 1.1.3.0Bone meal can now be used to craft bone blocks.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Bone 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.
1.4.0beta 1.2.14.2Bone meal can now be used underwater for growing seagrass and coral.
beta 1.2.20.1Bone meal can now be used for spreading sea pickles.
Bone meal can now be used to craft white balloons and white glow sticks.
1.8.0beta 1.8.0.8Bone meal can now be used to grow bamboo.
beta 1.8.0.10Bone meal can now be used to craft white dye.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Bone meal are now sold by wandering traders.
Bone Meal JE3 BE3.png The texture of bone meal has been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Bone meal can now be obtained from composters.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Bone meal can now grow fungi into huge fungi.
Bone meal can now be used to turn netherrack into nylium.
Bone meal can now be used to grow roots, fungi, and nether sprouts on nylium.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Bone Meal JE1 BE1.png Added bone meal.
TU19CU7 1.12 Bone meal no longer instantly grows crops to full size.
1.90 Bone Meal JE3 BE3.png The texture of bone meal has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Bone Meal JE2 BE2.png Added bone meal.

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 appear only if the player has particles set All or Decreased.
  • In real life, bone meal is used as a fertilizer to provide nitrogen and phosphorus to plants.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]