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Job's tears

Coix lacryma

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'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 flowering grass / ornamental. 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 1.98 feet (that's 60.96 cm 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

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To speed germination the seeds need to be scraped with a file or rub them between two sheets of sand paper, a process called scarifying, and then soak them overnight in tepid water.1

A full sun / partial sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. 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.

Seed Saving Job's tears

The seeds are ready to harvest when they turn black. Any seeds that remain gray should be discarded. For use in jewelry the seeds should be dried in the sun for a day or two prior to use.1

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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

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