dec: 35115 hex: 15F15 bin: 10101111115
See § Data values
Bone meal is a material that can be used as a fertilizer for most plants, as well as a crafting ingredient for dyes.
When a composter is completely filled, a single bone meal drops the next time the composter is used.
In Bedrock Edition, bone meal can be also used in banner patterns:
|White Banner pattern||Bone Meal +
|White Banner image||Bone Meal +
Creeper Head or
Wither Skeleton Skull or
Oxeye Daisy or
Enchanted Golden Apple
- Applied to sheep to dye their wool, which can then be sheared for 1–3 blocks of white wool.
- Applied to tamed wolves to dye their collars.
- Used to dye or stain leather armor, beds, glass, terracotta and shulker boxes.
- Combined with gunpowder to make a firework star.
- Combined with a firework star to create a fade-to-color effect.
- Used to add patterns to banners.
- Used to dye shulkers in Bedrock and Education editions.
- Used to dye water contained in cauldrons in Bedrock and Education editions.
- Combined with sand and gravel to craft concrete powder.
- Combined with compounds to craft balloons or glow sticks in Bedrock and Education editions.
Bone meal can also be used on the following plants to have a chance to increase their growth stage:
|Wheat||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 one stem.|
|Melon 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||The corresponding item form drops, without destroying the original plant.|
|Tall grass||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[Bedrock Edition only]||The kelp plant grows a random amount of blocks tall, unless the top reaches age 24.|
|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.|
Bone meal does not affect:
Creating new plants
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.
|Item||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID|
In Bedrock Edition, bone meal has the ID name
dye, with a data value of 15.
|7||Light Gray Dye|
|12||Light Blue Dye|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.2||Added bone meal.|
|1.6.6||Bone meal can now be applied on grass blocks.|
|1.8||Pre-release||Bone 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.|
|1.3.1||12w19a||Bone meal can now be applied on cocoa beans.|
|1.4.2||12w34a||Bone meal can now be used to dye leather armor and tamed wolf's collar.|
|1.4.6||12w49a||Bone meal can now be crafted with gunpowder to create a firework star.|
|1.5||13w04a||Bone meal has now 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).
|Green particles are now displayed when bone meal is used.|
|Bone meal can now be used from dispensers.|
|13w05a||The balancing of bone meal has now 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).|
|1.10||16w20a||Bone meal can now be used to craft bone blocks.|
|1.13||17w47a||The different data values for the |
|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.|
|Cod, salmon, tropical fish, and pufferfish 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.|
|1.14||18w43a||Bone meal can now used to craft white dye.|
|Bone meal can no longer be used as a dye.|
|The texture of bone meal has now been changed.|
|19w03a||Bone meal can now be obtained from composters.|
|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 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.|
|0.9.0||build 11||Bone meal can now be used to dye tamed wolf collars.|
|0.14.0||build 1||Bone meal can now be used from dispensers.|
|Bone meal can now be used to dye water in cauldrons.|
|1.0.0||alpha 0.17.0.1||Bone meal can now be used to dye shulkers.|
|1.1.0||alpha 126.96.36.199||Bone meal can now be used to craft white concrete powder, white beds and white shulker boxes.|
|1.1.3||alpha 188.8.131.52||Bone meal can now be used to craft bone blocks.|
|1.2.0||beta 184.108.40.206||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.|
|1.4.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Bone meal can now be used underwater for growing seagrass and coral.|
|beta 18.104.22.168||Bone meal can now be used for spreading sea pickles.|
|Bone meal can now be used to craft white balloons and white glow sticks.|
|1.8.0||beta 22.214.171.124||Bone meal can now be used to grow bamboo.|
|beta 126.96.36.199||Bone meal can now be used to craft white dye.|
|1.10.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Bone meal are now sold by wandering traders.|
|The texture of bone meal has now been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Bone meal can now be obtained from composters.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.00||Patch 1||Added bone meal.|
|TU19||CU7||1.12||Bone meal no longer instantly grows crops to full size.|
|PlayStation 4 Edition|
|1.90||The texture of bone meal has now been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added bone meal.|
- 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.
Bone meal used on grass blocks.