afterripening


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afterripening

[′af·tər‚rī·pən·iŋ]
(botany)
A period of dormancy after a seed is shed during which the synthetic machinery of the seed is prepared for germination and growth.
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Seeds require one to three months of afterripening or dry storage at 4-25[degrees]C.
The warm-dry period may be necessary for afterripening.
It sometimes is desirable to arrest afterripening and postpone germination, such as when adverse weather conditions necessitate a delay in planting stratified seeds.