Probably too dried out. I remember reading K.D. Pritts book on ginseng a few years ago. something about testing seeds in water. If you put seeds in water and they float they are good. I think, I'll dig out the book an double check it.
Wet a paper towel and fold the seeds into it. Wait a few days and keep checking. I planted some last fall and I don't think any of them grew. If they did then all this hot and dry weather is not doing them any good.
well if floating in water means the are viable then i still have 31 good seeds! have to lay them out in a paper towel and see what happens
I looked up the seed floating thing in the Ginseng book by Kim Derek Pritts. On page 56, it states, floating seeds are not fully formed and contain air within the shell, therefore are unable to produce a plant.
Sorry, I had that backwards from my earlier post.