There is no way to trim a sword plant. Amazon swords grow to be over 24 inches tall, 50 to 100 leaves and weigh five pounds! Red melons and most other sword plants will grow just as big if they are getting proper conditions. There are only two sword plants sold in the USA that are under 10 inches tall: The "tropica sword", E. parviflorus var tropica, and the Harbich sword, Echinodorus cordifolius var harbich.
Cryptocoryne wendtii - depending on growing conditions it can grow relatively short and compact, or tall and lanky
Ludwigia arcuata, is a stem plant that can be kept to any height by pruning
Ludwigia peruensis, stem plant that is slow growing and light demanding
Echinodorus parviflorus... most likely the "tropica" version which grows to 6 or 8 inches tall. If its not the tropica version, it grows to be huge
Echinodorus bleheri 'compacta' - How big do these get? Its called "compacta" because it grows more wide than tall, has a large girth, but can still reach 18 to 20 inches tall
Maybe more anubias. There are several anubias species available. Hastifolia is the one to avoid. Petite nana is a great foreground. Regular nana and coffefolia, and narrow leaf nana are great mid ground plants. Congensis, minima, gigantea and a couple others are background plants.
Robert Paul Hudson
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