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Bone Meal

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Bone Meal
Bone Meal.png
Type

Tools

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.

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 will drop 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

White Balloon Latex +
Bone Meal +
Helium +
Lead

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


A bed of any color can be re-dyed using dyes.‌[BedrockEducation and Legacy Console editions only]
White Carpet White Carpet +
Bone Meal
White Concrete Powder Bone Meal +
Sand +
Gravel
White Dye Bone Meal

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


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 Shulker Box Shulker Box or
Any Shulker Box +
Bone Meal


The shulker box retains its contents. If it was renamed on an anvil, it will also retain its name.
White Stained Glass Glass +
Bone Meal
White Stained Glass Pane Glass Pane +
Bone Meal
White Terracotta Terracotta +
Bone Meal
White Wool Any Wool +
Bone Meal


[BedrockEducation and New Nintendo 3DS editions only]
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


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]

Information icon.svg
This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition, Education Edition and New Nintendo 3DS Edition.

Like all other dyes, 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 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

Pumpkin 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

Lilacs

Rose bushes

Peonies

The corresponding item form will drop, 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) 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[edit]

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.

Using bone meal on a coral block will create 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 Bone meal added.
1.6.6Bone meal can now be applied on grass blocks.
1.8Pre-releaseBone meal can 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 be used to dye leather armor and tamed wolf's collar.
1.4.612w49aBone meal can be crafted with gunpowder to create a firework star.
1.513w04aBone 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).
Saplings: one bone meal is consumed for each of the two growth stages then it will grow into a tree.
Cocoa pods: one bone meal is 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.
13w05aAdjusted 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]
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 is now used to craft white dye.
Bone meal can no longer be used as a dye.
Bone Meal.png Changed the texture of bone meal.
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 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.
0.9.0build 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 Changed the texture of bone meal.
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 will no longer instantly grow crops to full size.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Bone Meal.png Changed the texture of 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 only appear if the player has particles set All or Decreased.

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See also[edit]

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