I picked up a Kalanchoe at the beginning of the summer without knowing anything about their care. I ended up over-watering it at first, which made it leggy and it grew many smaller leaves than it originally had.

But the mystery to me is a dusty covering on nearly all of the leaves that returns quickly when wiped off. At first I thought it was only dust, because I was behind on dusting my plants. But the dustiness returns much more quickly on the Kalanchoe than on a neighboring Christmas cactus.

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What is going on with this plant, and can it be saved? Or am I better off starting over next spring?

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You can cut it back to just stems an inch off the soil and it will regrow or you could move it along. I can't tell whether it is a mildew or thrip.

If you are going to keep it I would isolate it and move to a sunnier location as the plant is stretched out from not enough light.

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    I hadn't thought about the low light making it leggy. It was in a lower light area at first, but I didn't consider that since I had moved it to a south facing window afterwards. Thanks for your advice. I ended up moving it along. Commented Feb 28 at 21:34

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