after ripening

after ripening

a period through which apparently fully-formed seeds (and the spores of some fungi) need to pass before they can germinate, being a form of DORMANCY that may involve the production of growth hormones or the destruction of growth inhibitors to produce suitable conditions for further development to commence.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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