after-ripening

af·ter-ri·pen·ing

(ăf′tər-rī′pə-nĭng)
n.
The physiological changes occurring within a dormant seed before it is able to germinate.

after-ripening

n
(Botany) botany the period of internal change that is necessary in some apparently mature seeds before germination can occur
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Special emphasis is placed on the stress signalling hub that determines seed fate from development, through storage, germination and seedling development, with a particular focus on seed after-ripening, vigour, viability and storability.
rastrera, demonstrating that seeds do not germinate unless they undergo an after-ripening period of [greater than or equal to]1 year.
The best way to promote germination could be an after-ripening period (for some species), which would be consistent with seeds of Opuntioideae being able to form persistent seed banks (Mandujano et al.