Coix lacryma - jobi | Jobs Tears :: Seed

Coix lacryma - jobi | Jobs Tears :: Seed

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Jobs Tears is an ornamental grass which is also known as adlay or adlay millet and has attractive wide green blades that grow upright and arch over at the ends.  The most notable features of this plant are the spikes of grain that are produced at the end of summer.  The grains swell to produce strings of seeds that are in fact used for making rosary beads as well as other jewellery.  The seeds begin as greyish green tear-shaped orbs that when they ripen turn to a rich dark mocha colour.  If harvesting the seeds for jewellery you need to take them when they are green and then leave in a nice dry spot to air dry fully.  Once the seeds have dried they change colour to an ivory, shiny pearly hue.  What a great garden plant that is multipurpose!

Believed to be one of the oldest grasses in cultivation, it was ground into flour or strung for rosaries, necklaces and teething beads and was originally offered in a seed list in 1810!

This plant will self sow in warmer climates so if you do not want this to happen, you will need to remove the seed heads.

Plants enjoy a full sun position and are tolerant of a wide range of soils so can realistically be planted anywhere!


Height 1.3m - 1.5m  x 0.5m Wide


Plant type: Perennial
Height: 1.3-1.5m x 0.5m Wide
Position: Full sun

Germination: Can take 2-4 weeks at 15-20 degrees Celcius
Plant spacing: 0.75m
Pinch: No
Seeds per packet: 10

How to Grow

Job's tears ornamental grass will self-sow and germinate readily when planted in moist seed raising mix. Sow seeds in spring, press into the seed raising mix and cover with either seed raising mix or vermiculite and keep your seeds evenly moist - not wet.

It is possible to save the seeds from your mature plants. Remove the seed in autumn from the plants. Store seeds in a cool, dry location and then plant in early spring when all chance of frost has passed.

We apologise that due to quarantine restrictions we cannot ship seeds overseas

If you are ordering plants you can get up to 12 plants or a selection of plants, gifts and garden-wares into a box for the below rates 
      • Auckland City | $10
      • Upper North Island | $20 (Northland)
      • Middle North Island | $20 (Bay of Plenty & Waikato)
      • Lower North Island | $20
      • South Island | $25
      • Waiheke - Please select Rural Delivery at checkout
      • Outer lying islands, please contact us for a quote.
Smaller items such as books, stationery and other items can be sent for a lesser rate which you will see at checkout - From $6

Upon checking out, the freight charged is applied based on your location.  If you are rural please select the rural option as rural delivery is an additional $7 Please note the courier will not release your order for delivery if the incorrect option has been selected and we will email you re settlement of the outstanding amount.  

  • All of our orders are dispatched using Aramex which is a fully tracked service   
  • Our freight is calculated by weight and volume.  For plant orders, you may wish to order the maximum number of plants that will fit in a box to make freight more cost-effective or perhaps share an order with a friend
  • Plant orders will only be dispatched on Monday's and Tuesday's this will ensure that your order is not held in a depot over the weekend
  • All parcels are set at "Authority to leave" which means if you're not home at the time of delivery the courier will leave your parcel in a safe place on your property
  • Most Aramex deliveries are a two-day service with the exception of rural delivery which may add up to two days. Please note COVID-19 on occasion may push these delivery times out.
  • If you are wanting more than twelve plants, get in contact with us for a quote for freight
  • Corten steel garden stakes are considered over size for rural delivery so these can be sent but you may need to collect these from your local depot 

All rates detailed are for parcels up to 15kgs

Please note that on occasion Aramex may deem an area to be rural where other companies may not, this unfortunately is outside of our control as Aramex are the preferred courier for live plants, as other couriers will not transport them. Where this occurs we will need to get in touch to get you to deposit the additional rural fee


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