Spawn chunk/comparison

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Property Spawn chunks Ticking areas Force-loaded chunks
Number of areas supported 1 10 256
Position Centered on world spawn point Specified by player, by /tickingarea Specified by player, by /forceload
Size 17×17 maximum (289 chunks) Specified by player; 1 to 100 chunks Specified by player, 1 to 256 chunks
Dimensions where usable Overworld Any Any
Crops grow No Yes No
Leaves decay No Yes No
Grass and mycelium spread No Yes No
Ice forms and melts No Yes No
Hostile mobs spawn >128 blocks from player No Yes Yes[verify]
Passive mobs spawn >240 blocks from player No Yes Yes[verify]
Explosions break blocks in nearby chunks No Yes Yes