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Job's tears

Coix lacryma

'Job's tears' is a plant in the Coix genus with a scientific name of Coix lacryma.

Tall grass with glossy teardrop seeds. Bead Seeds range from white to black with shades of grey, violet, and yellow, and develop with a natural hole in the middle. They are used for jewelry and musical instruments, and are also edible.

Job's tears grows as a perennial and is a grass. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater). Job's tears normally grows to a stemless habit with a max height of 6.50 feet (that's 2.00 metres metric).

Job's tears is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Job's tears have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Job's tears

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

A full sun / partial sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Job's tears is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Job's tears to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Job's tears from seed

Transplanting Job's tears

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Job's tears is a tender plant.

Common Job's tears problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Job's tears plants:

Other names for Job's tears

Juno's tears, Bead seeds, Coixseed, Tear Grass, Adlay, Adlai

Coix, Coix lacryma-jobi, Coix lacrymajobi

Misspellings: Coix lacroyma-jobi

Job's tears care instructions

How long does Job's tears take to grow?

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