Plant Care Chinese Pearl Barley

Chinese Pearl Barley

About Chinese Pearl Barley

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.


Coix lacryma-jobi

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 Chinese Pearl Barley


How often to water your Chinese Pearl Barley

Water needs for Chinese Pearl Barley
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Pearl Barley 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 Chinese Pearl Barley

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Job's Tears in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Pearl Barley: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese Pearl Barley love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Chinese Pearl Barley does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Chinese Pearl Barley

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese Pearl Barley: 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 Chinese Pearl Barley after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Water Needs
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Care Summary for Chinese Pearl Barley

Chinese Pearl Barley

Chinese Pearl Barley

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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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