Job’s Tears made into a bracelet

Job's Tears - Job’s Tears

Coix lacryma-jobi

Also known as corn beads, coixseed or tear grass, Job's Tears are a member of the grass family, and grow similarly to corn. Used for beads since at least 2,000 BCE, and recently uncovered at a western Native American historical site. Once an important source of food, most likely originating in India. Today we grow them primarily for their very hard, teardrop shaped grains that are used as beads for making jewelry and other craft projects. The grains make perfect beads, because they grow with a ready-made hole down the center that just takes a gentle poke with a needle to make it ready to string. This is a unique opportunity to grow your own art supplies! Hearty plants are easy to grow, requiring full sun, and moderate water and fertilizer to produce a good crop of beads. Seeds may take 2-3 weeks to germinate. Saving seeds is easy, as a general rule, the dark gray ones will be viable. Approx seeds per packet = 17 (6 Gram Packet)


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Approx seeds per packet = 17 (6 Gram Packet)

Bed Preparation

Job’s Tears is grown as a frost sensitive annual in temperate regions. Job’s Tears prefers full sun and tolerates a wide variety of soils. Provide moderate soil moisture and fertilizer for optimal growth.


Job’s Tears can be direct seeded outdoors once the danger of frost has passed. Seeds can also be started indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Soaking seeds overnight may improve germination rates. Sow seeds ½-1” deep and 6” apart. Seeds may take 2-3 weeks to germinate. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 6-12” apart.


Harvest “beads” (seeds) in approximately 110 days after planting.

Additional Information

Weight 6 g

5 Gram Packet


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