Germination. Biology 104. Authors:. What conditions are required to make a seed “germinate”?. Germination begins with imbibition , as the seed absorbs water to make the seed coat permeable. Imbibition breaks dormancy, which allows germination to begin.
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What would be the consequences of germinating too soon or too late? Would this make any difference if these plants were growing “in the wild”? Why might some not have germinated at all?