Coix lacryma-jobi (Job’s Tears) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: If you want to give your seeds a head start, you could sow them in a pot (about 1/2″ deep) in early to mid spring and set them in a warm, bright place to sprout. They grow so quickly, though, that it’s just as well to sow them directly in your garden around your last frost date. If you save seeds for your plants for sharing or replanting, keep just the glossy ones; in my experience, the dull ones will not sprout.

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Commonly known as Job’s tears, this intriguing grass bears strappy green leaves on upright to arching stems that typically reach 3 to 4 feet tall. Nodding green flowers mature into large, bead-like green seeds that ripen to white, black, tan, or shades of gray. This plant has been grown for millennia and has many fascinating uses: as an edible grain, as a medicinal plant, as a natural bead for crafting, and as a garden ornamental. Full sun. Perennial in Zones 9 and south; can be grown as an annual anywhere. Be aware that Job’s tears may self-sow: usually lightly in cold climates but more freely in warmer regions, possibly to the point of being invasive.

Harvested in August and September 2020. At least 15 seeds.


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