The Q&A Archives: Job's Tears in colder areas?

Question: I live in NY state closer to Montreal Canada than to any US city. The growing season here is fairly short and the winters are very cold. Would Job's tears grow successfully here? Are they a perennial and if so would they survive our winters?

Answer: Coix lacryma-jobi (Job's Tears) is an annual ornamental grass native to the East Indies so overwintering is not a problem. You will need to wait until there is no danger of frost and the ground has warmed in the spring before planting. To hasten germination, soak the seeds in water overnight just before planting. You can also start them indoors about a month before the last frost -- they mature in about 14 weeks.

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