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Job's Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi)
Job's Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi)

Job's Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi)

Regular price $10.95
8 in stock

Live Job's Tears Plant
Ships in 100% Biodegradable 4" Coconut Fiber Planter

Coix lacryma-jobi is the scientific name for Job's Tears, also commonly known as Adlay Millet. Job's Tears is a tropical grass native to Southeast Asia, and has been naturalized in Southern America as well as the Caribbean. It's a member of the poaceae family which includes grass and rice. 

This plant has wide ornamental blades that grow upright and arch at their ends. Long spikes of grain are produced in the warm seasons, swelling into strings of seeds that resemble pearls, or tears. Coix is often described as resembling barley in both size and form. Job's tears is self-seeding annually, and is a perennial around the east coast and in warmer climates. This plant creates an excellent textured foliage, making it a great hedge plant. Coix is also well-suited to grow in containers, easily reaching heights of 4 to 6ft. It is best to plant Job's Tears during the rainy season, in Spring.  Grain heads will sprout and be ready for ample harvest as the weather becomes more dry.  

The plant has several edible uses. It is primarily a cereal grain. In Asia it is commonly used to make grain alcohol that is often sweetened and combined with spices. A milk like drink similar to Horchata can be made from the grains as well.  Medicinally, the bran is known to have cancer fighting properties. 

The pea-shaped grains of the plant naturally have a hole, that easily allows for stringing of the grains. They are moisture resistant, and durable and are often used to make necklaces and rosaries due to the added symbolism of the tear-shape.

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Orders are processed and shipped at the beginning of each week via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  Average order processing time before shipment ranges from 1-14 days.

Tracking information
A confirmation email with tracking information will be sent immediately upon shipment. You can track the progress of your order online anytime by logging in to your account. Delivery confirmation will be emailed when your plants have reached their destination, so you never miss a beat!

Shipping Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on order weight and your distance from the nursery.  Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!

Can I pick up my order at the nursery?
Yes, just select Store Pickup at checkout and schedule your pickup date/time. A member of our team will reach out if the time you have chosen needs to be rescheduled.  There are no same day pickups. 

For more frequently asked questions visit our FAQ's page.

Weather Holds
Orders placed in colder climate zones during the winter months will automatically be placed on hold until Spring or when temperatures in your area are above freezing on the expected date of delivery.  

Heat Packs
Heat packs can be purchased separately to avoid cold weather delays.
If you live in a colder climate and do not want to wait until Spring to get your new plants, we recommend adding a heat pack to your order. Your plants will ship as scheduled and arrive safely, with no risk of freezing on the way to your front door.

Plant Care

Plant Type: Perennial Tropical Grass, can be grown as an Annual in colder climates 

Harvest Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Size: 3 to 6 ft

Soil & Moisture: Moist, well-draining sandy soil

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun

Zones

Climate Zones: USDA plant hardiness Zones 9-11

Can be grown as an annual in temperate regions.

Patio Planting Zones: 4+

All of our tropical fruiting plants can be grown in small or large containers in northern zones or planted outside in warmer climates.