dec: 35115 hex: 15F15 bin: 10101111115
See § Data values
Bone meal is a material that can be used as a fertilizer for most plants.
When a composter is completely filled, a single bone meal will drop the next time the composter is used.
|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 will grow 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 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||The corresponding item form will drop, without destroying the original plant.|
|Tall grass||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||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 will grow, and additional sea pickles will generate nearby.|
|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
If bone meal is used on a grass block, 0–8 tall grass, 8–24 grass and 0–8 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.
|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||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.|
|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).
|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 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 is now used to craft white dye.|
|Bone meal can no longer be used as a dye.|
|Changed the texture of bone meal.|
|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 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.|
|0.9.0||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 184.108.40.206||Bone meal can now be used to craft white concrete powder, white beds and white shulker boxes.|
|1.1.3||alpha 220.127.116.11||Bone meal can now be used to craft bone blocks.|
|1.2.0||beta 18.104.22.168||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 22.214.171.124||Bone meal can now be used underwater for growing seagrass and coral.|
|beta 126.96.36.199||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 188.8.131.52||Bone meal can now be used to grow bamboo.|
|beta 184.108.40.206||Bone meal can now be used to craft white dye.|
|1.10.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Bone meal are now sold by wandering traders.|
|Changed the texture of bone meal.|
|1.11.0||beta 18.104.22.168||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 will no longer instantly grow crops to full size.|
|PlayStation 4 Edition|
|1.90||Changed the texture of 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 only appear if the player has particles set All or Decreased.
Bone meal used on grass blocks.