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Bone Meal

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Bone Meal
Bone Meal.png
Rarity

Common

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 35115 hex: 15F15 bin: 10101111115

Namespaced ID

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.

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]

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
[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
Light Blue Dye Lapis Lazuli or
Blue Dye +
Bone Meal
[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
Light Gray Dye Gray Dye +
Bone Meal
[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
Light Gray Dye Ink Sac or
Black Dye +
Bone Meal or
White Dye
[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
Lime Dye Green Dye +
Bone Meal
[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
Magenta Dye Lapis Lazuli or
Blue Dye +
Red Dye +
Bone Meal
[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
Pink Dye Red Dye +
Bone Meal
[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
White Balloon Latex +
Bone Meal +
Helium +
Lead

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


[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
White Concrete Powder Bone Meal +
Sand +
Gravel
[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
White Dye Bone Meal

White Firework Star White Firework Star +
Bone Meal


[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
Adds a "fade to color" effect to the firework star, overwriting any existing fades.
Up to eight dyes can be added.
White Firework Star Gunpowder +
Bone Meal +
Head or
Gold Nugget or
Feather or
Fire Charge +
Glowstone Dust +
Diamond


[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console 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 Glow Stick Polyethylene +
Hydrogen Peroxide +
Bone Meal +
Luminol

Light Gray Dye creates a glitched Glow Stick called item.glow_stick.silver.name[1].
White Shulker Box Any Shulker Box +
Bone Meal


[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
White Stained Glass Glass +
Bone Meal
[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
White Stained Glass Pane Glass Pane +
Bone Meal
[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
White Terracotta Terracotta +
Bone Meal
[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
White Wool Any Wool +
Bone Meal


[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]

In Bedrock and Legacy Console editions, 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 and PlayStation 4 editions 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, Education, and Legacy Console 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 one stem.
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 & LCE 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 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, 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 on a coral block creates sea pickles.[more information needed]

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Item Namespaced ID
Bone Meal bone_meal

Bedrock Edition:

Item Namespaced ID Numeric 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 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 Revision 1.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 2Bone meal can now be applied on pumpkin and melon seed items.
Java Edition
1.3.112w19aBone meal can now be applied on cocoa beans.
1.4.212w34aBone 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 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).
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 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).[2]
1.1016w20aBone meal can now be used to craft bone blocks.
1.1317w47aThe different data values for the dye ID have now 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.png The texture of bone meal has now been changed.
19w03aBone meal can now be obtained from composters.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.3Bone Meal Revision 1.png Added bone meal.
0.8.0build 2Bone 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.png The texture of bone meal has now been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Bone meal can now be obtained from composters.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Bone Meal Revision 1.png Added bone meal.
TU19CU71.12Bone meal no longer instantly grows crops to full size.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Bone Meal.png The texture of bone meal has now been changed.

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.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]