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Old comments[edit]

Just what is the crafting recipe for making colored wool into white wool? Superfield 00:08, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

There isn't one, you use it on sheep first (By right clicking) then you'll get white wool. I recommend when ever your dyeing sheep, Dye them first before collecting the wool off them, this way you get ~2 blocks per dye, instead of one per dye. Shaar

So there's no way to turn colored wool into white wool after it's been collected? Well, that sucks. Here's hoping that you can change that in a future version. Superfield

Surely there's a mod out there that'll let you craft white wool and bone meal...? XxDangerxX

First time I used bone meal on a sapling, I suffocated. MoonHitler 18:14, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

New 1.6.6 feature for bone meal[edit]

What is it? It's not clear by the article, and should perhaps be made so. --Atr 13:16, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

It's in there. However, I want to note he only made it so that you can use it on GRASS, not DIRT. Using it on dirt does not make grass grow. However, using it on grass makes flowers and tall grass grow. Acoyph
OK, I see it now. I haven't had chance to test it out, but the reference makes it sound like it can be applied to dirt.
P.S. I've signed your comment for you, remember to do so in future so we can see who's commenting! --Atr 13:23, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, this is my first wiki account and I made it literally minutes ago. I saw someone put it could be used on dirt, so I tried it in several scenarios... Doesn't seem to work at all for me. Just the tall grass. Acoyph
That was me, and truth be told, I haven't tested it - I just went with the twitter comment. My bad, I'll delete the Dirt comment (and not walk on the (tall) grass) --Gemberkoekje 14:16, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
It doesn't seem to be working on the SMP server I play on. Is this bug happening to anyone else? --Zemedelphos 02:45, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Broken in 1.8.1?[edit]

It seems in 1.8.1 that bonemeal no longer works as a dye. Neither crafting, nor right-clicking a wool block, nor right-clicking a sheep, has any effect. 20:09, 5 October 2011 (UTC)


"Some new players mistake bone meal for a paper ball."

Is that line really necessary for the trivia? Should I got to Netherrakk and under trivia say "Mistaken for NetherRock"?

Snapshot 13w04a & Mushrooms?[edit]

Anyone know how the bone meal nerf with snapshot 13w04a affects the growth of giant mushrooms? 03:12, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

  • In my tests 1 bone meal on 1 mushroom made a mushroom tree for both brown and red (on dirt in a large dim area or on Mycelium) Buzzaro 00:37, 26 January 2013 (UTC)

Excessive nerf...[edit]

I can understand nerfing it for saplings (new intermediate growth stage, i guess), but seven bone meals needed to grow a single crop plant? Good grief! --Mental Mouse 03:46, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Good grief you say? I say it's "Evil grief"! If you ask me (and nobody has but that's never stopped my 2 cents before) it's backwards. Where is the best place to go to convince them to change it around? Trees should take around 6 meals, and wheat should only take 1 meal. I've played a number of fun worlds where seed and a bone kept me from starving to death. Buzzaro 00:24, 26 January 2013 (UTC)
IIUC, the forums are the only official avenue for suggestions; at least some items (notably the Ender Chest) came from there. --Mental Mouse 02:35, 26 January 2013 (UTC)
I just weighed in on the forums (which are mostly furious already), but apparently even Dinnerbone admits on Twitter that it's "not yet balanced". And he's getting pushback there too. --Mental Mouse 03:29, 26 January 2013 (UTC)
It has now been rebalanced with intermediate bonemeal requirements. --Mental Mouse 17:00, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
Speaking of that, it would appear someone has added the nerf as if it was already true. I have negated this, as I find the wiki should always inform about the current version.-- 20:39, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

BUD Switches and new animation[edit]

I've been trying to get a redstone rigged tree farm up and running, and thus was working on using a BUD switch activated dispenser to fertilize a freshly planted sapling. However, with the new fancy animation for bonemeal being used, the BUD switch was tripping every time bonemeal was used. It still worked, mainly because what was supposed to be a T-BUD was resetting itself, but it seems clear to me that the bonemeal being used on the sapling was causing a block update. Or I'm doing something wrong - I'll admit, I'm playing with redstone mechanisms that are much more complex than I'm used to. And if I'm right, should this be added somewhere on the wiki?

Bonemealing Grass in Deserts[edit]

It seems like when you try to use bonemeal on grass blocks in a desert biome it doesn't produce any tall grass or flowers. This is more pertinent for old maps running on newer world gen, where biomes become out of synch with their terrain. Can someone confirm that bonemeal cannot be used on grass in deserts? –Preceding unsigned comment was added by The new easy (talkcontribs) at 17:54, 27 October 2013‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Nope. It works. Tested in 1.7.2. PTR_91 (Talk) 02:29, 30 October 2013 (UTC)


The article doesn't mention that clicking a flower with bone meal will make more flowers grow. I tried it (in pocket edition) and it works. It has a similar effect to clicking on grass, but only flowers and not grass will appear. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 1:58, 01 February 2015 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Were they single tall flowers or double tall flowers? If single tall, then it deserves a mention as a pocket edition exclusive feature. KnightMiner (t·c) 02:57, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
It only works on single tall flowers, and the only flowers that appear on the surrounding grass blocks are dandylions and poppies. in other words, using bone meal in Pocket Edition on any single tall flower will generate poppies and dandylions nearby. 21:15, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
Well then, there is no reason it should not be on the article. I know personally it does not work in the PC edition, so feel free to add the information noting it is PE exclusive. KnightMiner (t·c) 22:51, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
I found a mention of it on the pocket edition history page. It turns out it was added in version 0.8.0. I'll add this to the article. 23:43, 2 February 2015 (UTC)