First, there was an accelerated growth in the initial stage until the first 150 DAP in the rainy period, followed by a semidormancy
stage coinciding with the dry period and then a new accelerated growth surpassing the initial stage.
However, there can be an interval of many years between these events, so the plants have to survive these periods in a state of dormancy or semidormancy
. During this phase, they are unable to photosynthesize but are exposed and vulnerable to herbivores.
Don't attempt major pruning, such as cutting back main stems, because plants slowed during semidormancy
may not recover; wait until spring, when a new growth cycle is about to start.