Just thought I'd throw
my two cents in. I always put my seeds in the freezer,till I plant in January.
Granted I only plant 3 or 4 flats but I've had pretty good luck with swollen
viable seed. The reasons I do this is #1 Pauline told me to do it like
that, and #2 I have plenty of volunteers that come up in the garden if
I leave some pods on the plant, and they get frozen all winter then germinate
in the spring. Definitely not scientific but an observation none the less.
Two cents worth,