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

Job's Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi)

Regular price $12.95

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

Job's Tears is a tropical grass native to Southeast Asia, and has been naturalized in Southern America as well as the Caribbean. Job's Tears is a member of the grass and rice family of plants (poaceae).  Wide ornamental blades grow upright and arch at their ends. Long, beautiful spikes of grain are produced in the warm seasons, swelling into gorgeous strings of seeds that resemble pearls, or tears. This unique grain is often described as resembling barley in both size, color and form.

The plant 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. It's 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 (right now!!).  Grain heads will sprout and be ready for ample harvest as the weather becomes more dry.  

Job's Tears has several edible uses, primarily as 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.

Can I pick up my order at the nursery? 
Use code LOCALPICKUP at checkout and schedule your pickup date/time HERE. If the appointment is confirmed, you're good to go.  If it is denied, we will ask you to reschedule and provide an alternative day/time.  There are no same day pickups.  

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.  During the Spring and Summer, processing/shipping can take up to 4 weeks.

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!

Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico
Sow Exotic now ships almost all of our fruiting and medicinal plants to Hawaii and Puerto Rico!  Plants will ship bare root every Monday through Wednesday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  No heat packs necessary. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of plants that don't make the cut:
Can't ship to Puerto Rico: Coffee, Palm, Banana
Can't ship to Hawaii: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, Passionfruit
All the other cool stuff: good to go! 🌈 🌿📦📪 

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.