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Flowers are useful for decoration, dyes, and breeding rabbits and bees.

To grow flowers, you can use bone meal on a grass block. The block must either have no block above it (which is obstructing sun / moonlight), or be lit with a light level of at least 8. Flowers and tall grass will spread over grass blocks up to 7 blocks away in both directions (a 15×15 square). However, approximately 95% of growth occurs within a 4-block radius (a 9×9 area) around the source grass block.

The types of flowers that spawn depend on the biome. See flower biomes.

Two-high flowers cannot be grown this way at all; instead, they can be farmed by applying bone meal directly to them, which causes an item to drop.

If you use bone meal directly on a one-high flower, it will spread (similar to using it on a grass block).‌[Bedrock Edition only]

If the planting conditions are not met, flowers will quickly pop out. This allows flowers to be used in the creation of light-sensitive mechanisms.

Poppies are also a byproduct of iron farms, as iron golems will (apart from the iron) drop 0-2 poppies on death.

Poppies spawn much less frequently than dandelions. They are the most abundant in Mountains biomes, but are also somewhat common in Taiga and Tundra biomes.

Fortune Enchantment[]

This technique only works in Bedrock Edition.

Step 1: Get something with fortune.

Step 2: Break a 2 block tall flower (Peony, rose bush, lilac, sunflower, etc.)

Step 3: Collect the 2+ flowers

It is also tracked on MCPE-18880.

The Earthquake Technique[]

Another technique for automated farming is to shift the ground beneath the flowers with pistons.

The general idea is to have a redstone clock trigger the following three events in order:

  1. A dispenser dispenses bone meal into the grass from below to produce flowers.
  2. A set of pistons pushes the ground one block horizontally
  3. Another set of pistons pushes the ground back to the original position.

Size comparison[]

This chart shows the area and flower yield of different sized designs, as well as the necessary number of pistons.

Size Area Pistons
1x1 1 block 2
2x2* 4 blocks 4
3x3 9 blocks 6
5x5 25 blocks 10
7x7 49 blocks 14
9x9 81 blocks 18
11x11 (described below) 121 blocks 22
15x15** 225 blocks
  • *The 2x2 design has no center, making it harder to use/build. This applies to any even size.
  • **A 15x15 area guarantees that no flower will fail to generate, but note that the earthquake collection method cannot be used (there are too many blocks for pistons to push). A somewhat complex water flow system is necessary for automatic collection. In Bedrock Edition, you can tap a flower w/ bone meal and it will multiply. Sadly, in Java Edition, you can only use this technique on two block high flowers.

Video[]

Mysticat - Minecraft Flower Farm: AFK Endless Dye 1.16

RAHsite - Automatic Wool Farm & Flower Farm - Minecraft Bedrock 1.16+