Was I doing it correctly?
hard to tell with all the editing (whats with the guns?)
how thick was the thickest at the roots
there is no wrong way, but, in general too thick can cause issues
I'm sorry, These are really the best pictures I have (the fake guns were part of the photo before I censored, it was funny in my friend group at the time because of how ridiculous they look.)
Regardless, the largest congo one was maybe an inch 1/2 to 2 inches around if I remember correctly, it was pretty big. The others were less than penny size.