Well, surprise!
The early lantana seeds that Dazed_Lily sent me have had a rebirth! Suddenly a bunch of them sprouted, albeit a lot later than I had expected but here just the same. I had most of the ones that I had taken the outer coat off of sprout here recently, and they have been in the pot since early March!! The earliest to sprout are not really too far ahead size-wise, even though they are at least 2 months older. I suspect they needed the warmer weather to get going. so who knows what works best??? I certainly see more of the seeds that I removed the outer fruit from have sprouted, so I guess that helped, I just needed more patience and warmer weather.