would like to save as much of the main trunk as possible, i already cut off about 12 various sized branches from the base ....
this is where i’m considering to stop. does it look healthy enough?
thanks so much, a guilty feeling plant mama
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The cuttings look fine to me, no black rot or soft spots are good indicators.
If you want to root the cuttings I would consider removing some of the smaller branches. Just cut them cleanly with a knife. Smaller sections are often easier to root and newer growth often roots faster.
For all the sections just put them to one side in a sunny area for a few days so they form a callous at the cut area. No rush whether it's a few days or a week!
Then pot them up in individual pots in a free draining mixture. I have used sharp sand or chicken grit or "cactus soil" (which is just peat and perlite). Keep the mix damp not wet!
Large cuttings are a problem to keep upright as they are top heavy. Don't be afraid to provide some support with stakes. Check the cuttings after a few months by taking one out of the sand/mix/... and confirming the root growth.
Repot into a clay pot with free draining soil in high sun and water sparingly.