Plant Care Adlay Millet

Adlay Millet

About Adlay Millet

The Job grass is a tropical perennial grass native to Southeast Asia, but has naturalized in the southern United States. Some varieties have seeds with hard pseudocarps and are used for jewelry, while others have softer ones used for cereal crops and folk medicine. In the Cherokee Nation and Eastern Band of Cherokee the beads of Job's tears are used in personal attire.

Taxonomy

Coix lacryma-jobi
Coix
Poaceae
Poales

Also known as

Job's Tears, Job's Tears, Job's-tears, Adlay, Adlay millet, Coixseed, Tear grass, Yi yi and Chinese pearl barley

How to care for Adlay Millet

💦 Water

How often to water your Adlay Millet

Water needs for Adlay Millet
0.5 cups
every 9

Adlay Millet needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Adlay Millet

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Job's Tears in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Adlay Millet: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Adlay Millet love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Adlay Millet does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Adlay Millet in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Adlay Millet

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Adlay Millet: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Adlay Millet after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Adlay Millet prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Job's Tears Water Frequency →

Job's Tears Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Adlay Millet requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Job's Tears Light Requirements →

Job's Tears Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Adlay Millet does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Job's Tears →

When and How to Successfully Repot Job's Tears →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Adlay Millet can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Job's Tears Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Adlay Millet can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Adlay Millet

Adlay Millet

Adlay Millet


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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