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How to make rooted dirt in Minecraft 

Caves & Cliffs, the 1.17 update was released in two parts, the second of which hasn't arrived yet. (Image via Minecraft)
Caves & Cliffs, the 1.17 update was released in two parts, the second of which hasn't arrived yet. (Image via Minecraft)
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Following the 1.17 Caves & Cliffs update back in June, Minecraft players were treated to a host of new items.

Having said that, one of the newest blocks is another variant of dirt. Minecraft already had standard dirt, grass blocks, coarse dirt, mycelium and so many more, but now they've added another one. Most versions of dirt can't be crafted, with the exception of coarse dirt. With that being said, here's how to get rooted dirt in Minecraft.

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Getting rooted dirt in Minecraft

There is currently only one way to get rooted dirt in Minecraft without using Creative. Rooted dirt is available on all platforms and versions, but it only spawns naturally in one way. It can't be crafted, so this remains the only method of acquiring it legitimately in Survival mode.

The only place where rooted dirt can naturally spawn is under an Azalea tree. Azalea trees are usually found above ground over a lush cave, which hasn't fully been added to the game yet. The second half of Caves & Cliffs, coming later this year, will add them, but experimental snapshots and gameplay can be activated for both Bedrock and Java players.

Minecraft rooted dirt can be found under Azalea trees, which spawn over lush caves. (Image via Minecraft)
Minecraft rooted dirt can be found under Azalea trees, which spawn over lush caves. (Image via Minecraft)

Players can mine the rooted dirt, which won't have any grass on it, with their hand or a shovel. Either way, it will result in the dropping of rooted dirt. Currently, there aren't very many uses for this block.

Interestingly, using bone meal on rooted dirt causes hanging roots to grow underneath the block, provided there's space. Using a hoe on the block turns it into normal dirt and drops a hanging roots item. It can then be planted on normal blocks of dirt.


Edited by Sijo Samuel Paul
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