It does look like it being butcher but it the way to do it and they still look healthy when they are put back in as long as it goes smoothly sharply and straight back in. It is the basic for most coral and soft corals are easier.
I didnt realize how aggressive these things are. Do you think that they are going to wipe out those mushrooms if I dont cut them off? then also I have a coral honeysuckle that is looking pretty woody and I am considering cutting it down drastically in a couple of weeks. Does this vine perform better with drastic pruning...if so, when is the best time to prune? Mine blooms primarily in the spring, with a few sporadic blooms throughout the summer