Bone meal is a material that can be used as a fertilizer for most plants, as well as a crafting ingredient for dyes.
- 1 Obtaining
- 2 Usage
- 3 Data values
- 4 History
- 5 Issues
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Gallery
- 8 See also
- 9 References
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.
- Applied to tamed cats 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 1-2 stems.|
|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||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
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.
- On a mushroom that is not on a block that allows it to grow into a huge mushroom.
- On a sea pickle that is already in a group of four and has no valid locations to expand to.
- On a fungus that is not on its respective nylium
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.
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.
|Name||Namespaced ID||Translation key|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
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.|
|1.3||The texture of bone meal has been changed.|
|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 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 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 been changed.|
|19w03a||Bone meal can now be obtained from composters.|
|1.16||20w06a||Bone meal can now be used to grow fungi into huge fungi.|
|Bone meal can now be used to spread nylium onto netherrack.|
|20w09a||Using bone meal to grow fungi now works only on the respective nylium.|
|20w11a||Bone meal can now grow kelp, weeping vines, and twisting vines.|
|20w12a||Bone meal can now be used to grow roots, fungi, and nether sprouts on nylium.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.3.3||Added bone meal.|
|0.8.0||build 2||The texture of bone meal has been changed.|
|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 been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Bone meal can now be obtained from composters.|
|1.16.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Bone 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|
|TU1||CU1||1.00||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added bone meal.|
|TU19||CU7||1.12||Bone meal no longer instantly grows crops to full size.|
|1.90||The texture of bone meal has 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.
- In real life, bone meal is used as a fertilizer to provide nitrogen and phosphorus to plants.
Bone meal used on grass blocks.