Two hosta cultivars, ‘Francee’ and ‘Frances Williams’, were chilled for 0 to 16 weeks at 4C (39F) prior to forcing in a heated greenhouse. As chilling duration increased, times to shoot emergence and first unfurled leaf and days gained in shoot emergence time per day of chilling decreased at a decreasing rate, leaf area index (length × width) of the first unfurled leaf increased at a decreasing rate and shoot dry weight increased linearly. Shoots of non-chilled plants of ‘Francee’ emerged an average of 32 days before those of ‘Frances Williams’. In ‘Francee’ chilled for 0 and 2 weeks, 30% and 10% of plants, respectively, failed to emerge shoots and 60% and 10% failed to unfurl a leaf. In ‘Frances Williams’ chilled for 0, 2 and 4 weeks, 60%, 30% and 50% of plants, respectively, failed to emerge shoots and 80%, 30% and 50% failed to unfurl a leaf. All plants of both cultivars chilled for longer durations emerged shoots and unfurled at least one leaf.