Definition – What is the meaning of Bone Meal?
Bone meal is a formula consisting of coarse and finely ground animal bones. Many times, its made from beef bones, but can be the bones of any slaughtered animal. Bone meal is mainly utilized as a fertilizer, typically in organic and natural gardening, as a slow-release fertilizer it is an accomplished source of phosphorus and protein. As a fertilizer, the N-P-K (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) ratio of bone meal can be varied, depending on the source. From a low of 3-15-0 to as high as 2-220. though some steamed bone meals have N-P-Ks of 1-13-0. Bone meal is also a terrific source of calcium, but does not contribute enough nitrogen to be beneficial to plants. Plants can only obtain enough phosphorus from bone meal if the soil pH is below 7.0 (acidic soil), according to recent Colorado State University research.
Bone Meal explained by Bud Bionics
In agriculture, bone meal is utilized mostly to contribute calcium and phosphorus to plants and soil. Phosphorus aids plants to grow and adequately achieve photosynthesis. Calcium is also imperative to plants as it bolsters the establishment of hearty and healthy plant cells, granting plants the ability to transport and process other essentials throughout their systems.
Bone meal has an abundant amount of different benefits when administered to gardens or potted plants. Bone meal takes a longer amount of time than other fertilizers to decompose, that means it releases nutrients into the soil at a slower rate. This provides plants with a constant dose of important nutrients, rather than a quick blast. Also, unlike many chemical fertilizers, bone meal won’t leave plants in a state of fertilizer burn if a gardener inadvertently adds too much. Therefore, bone meal does have some disadvantages. So many fertilizers, both organic and chemical, bone meal can be hazardous to some pets, like cats or dogs.
Utilizing and obtaining bone meal, it can be purchased in many big box and gardening supply stores, and directions for applications will be different from company to company. Therefore, it can be utilized and administered in many different ways. Bone meal can be mixed with the soil in garden beds, or added to a small hole prior to growing new plants. For plants that are stable, half a cup or so of bone meal can be dispersed near the root zones. This should typically be done in the spring before buds begin to show.« Back to Glossary Index