Jobs Tears (Coix Lacryma jobi) 10 seeds (#1341)
About the product
Native to tropical Asia.
Job’s tears receives its name from the hard shiny tear-shaped structures that enclose the seed kernels. Those beadlike pseudocarps are sometimes used for jewelry and rosaries.
Forms of the plant are cultivated as a cereal crop in parts of East Asia and in the Philippines (in its native environment it is grown in higher areas where rice and corn do not grow well), and its edible grains are sometimes marketed as Chinese pearl barley in the West. It is also grown as a garden ornamental.
Approximately 10 seeds in 3g packet.
Genus - Coix
Species - Lacryma
Variety - jobi
Common name - Jobs Tears
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 8
Height - 0,50 - 0,60 m
Plant type - Annual ornamental grass
Exposure - Full Sun, partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, neutral, alkaline (pH 4.8 - 8.4)
Soil type - Average, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Ornamental, used for jewelry and rosaries
Bloom season - July - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / --
Pre-soak seeds for 2 hours in warm water and sow February/March in a greenhouse or inside in pots.
The seed usually germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at +25C.
Then they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots.
Grow them on in cool conditions and plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts.
Seed can also be sown in site in May though it would be unlikely to ripen its seed in an average British summer.
In a suitable climate, it takes about 4 - 5 months from seed to produce new seed.
Info source: pfaf.org